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Counter-revolutionary Culture

Gilmartin, Kevin (2011) Counter-revolutionary Culture. In: The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the French Revolution in the 1790s. Cambridge Companions to Literature. Cambridge University Press , Cambridge, pp. 129-144. ISBN 9780521516075.

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The early 1790s witnessed Britain’s emergence as the leading counterrevolutionary power in an age of revolution, a position it held through the Napoleonic era and into the post-Waterloo restoration of legitimate continental regimes. The deployment of British troops against the threat of French republicanism abroad was accompanied by ideological mobilization at home, with profound consequences for literature and the arts as well as the press and public opinion. Yet scholars have not always looked closely at the way a conservative defence of the crown, the established church and the unreformed constitution shaped public expression. The fact that Romanticism has guided British literary studies in the period has itself narrowed the range of attention. The rubric for this volume, the 1790s, indicates a shift in conceptions of literary history. Yet to understand how counter-revolutionary culture has been overlooked it is worth setting out from the framework that Romanticism long provided.

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