Representations and Contexts Reading List for 2004-2005

Representations and Contexts Reading List for 2004-2005


The main purpose of this list is to give you some orientation for your reading over the course of the summer before you arrive in York. It’s not meant to be inclusive and is more a compilation of titles that staff teaching on the MA regard as particularly important for the study of the period – you’re not expected to read them all, but do try to browse as widely as possible!

Think of this too as a secondary reading list for the MA core module (familiarity with the critical questions and vocabularies raised in these texts will be helpful throughout the course). The list offers a range of interesting and sometimes provocative perspectives on the issues that study of this period addresses. Barrell, Habermas, Pocock, Thompson, and Williams, for example, offer highly influential approaches to examining cultural, ideological and representational changes in the period

John Barrell, The Dark Side of the Landscape: The Rural Poor in English Painting 1730-1840 (Cambridge UP, 1980), English Literature in History, 1730-1780: An Equal, Wide Survey (Hutchinson, 1983), and The Spirit of Despotism: Invasions of Privacy in the 1790s (Oxford UP, 2006

Peter de Bolla, Nigel Leask and David Simpson, eds, Land, Nation, and Culture, 1740-1840: Thinking the Republic of Taste (Palgrave, 2005)

John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination (HarperCollins, 1997)

James Chandler and Kevin Gilmartin, eds, Romantic Metropolis: The Urban Scene of British Culture, 1780-1840 (Cambridge UP, 2005)

Roger Chartier, The Order of Books (Stanford UP, 1994)

Peter Clark, British Clubs and Societies 1580-1800: The Origins of an Associational World (Oxford

UP, 2000)

Linda Colley, Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1832 (Yale UP, 1992)

Stephen Copley, ed., Literature and the Social Order in Eighteenth Century England (Croom Helm, 1984)

Markman Ellis, Sarah Salih, and Brycchan Carey, eds, Discourses of Slavery and Abolition: Writing in Britain and its Colonies 1660-1832 (Palgrave, 2004)

Markman Ellis, The Coffee House: a cultural history (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2004)

Alan Forrest, The Legacy of the French Revolutionary Wars: The Nation-in-Arms in French Republican Memory (Cambridge UP, 2009),

Kathryn Gleadle, Borderline Citizens: women, gender and political culture in Britain, 1815-1867. (Oxford UP, 2009)

Dena Goodman, The Republic of Letters: A Cultural History of the French Enlightenment (Cornell UP, 1996)

Harriet Guest, Small Change: Women, Learning, Patriotism, 1750-1810 (Chicago UP, 2000),

Empire, Barbarism and Civilisation: Captain Cook, William Hodges and the Return to the Pacific (Cambridge UP, 2007), and Unbounded Attachment: Sentiment and Politics in the Age of the French Revolution (Oxford UP, 2013)

Jurgen Habermas, The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Polity, 1989)

Mark Hallett, The Spectacle of Difference: Graphic Satire in the Age of Hogarth (Yale UP, 1999)

Anne Janowitz, Lyric and Labour in the Romantic Tradition (Cambridge UP, 1998)

Kenneth Johnston, Unusual Suspects: Pitt's Reign of Alarm and the Lost Generation of the 1790s

(Oxford UP, 2013)

Paul Keen, Literature, Commerce, and the Spectacle of Modernity, 1750–1800, (Cambridge UP,


Peter Kitson, Forging Romantic China: Sino-British cultural exchange, 1760-1840 (Cambridge UP,


Jon Klancher, Transfiguring the Arts and Sciences: Knowledge and Cultural Institutions in the

Romantic Age (Cambridge UP, 2013)

Sarah Knott and Barbara Taylor, eds, Women, Gender and Enlightenment (Palgrave, 2005)

Donna Landry, Gerald MacLean and Joseph P. Ward, eds, The Country and the City Revisited: England and the Politics of Culture, 1550-1850 (Cambridge UP, 1999)

Nigel Leask, Curiosity and the Aesthetics of Travel Writing, 1770-1840: ‘From an Antique Land’ (Oxford UP, 2002)

Iain McCalman with Jon Mee, Gillian Russell, Clara Tuite eds, An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age: British Culture, 1776-1832 (Oxford UP, 2001)

Saree Makdisi, Making England Western: Occidentalism, Race, and Imperial Culture (Chicago UP,


Jon Mee, Romanticism, Enthusiasm, and Regulation: Poetics and the Policing of Culture in the

Romantic Period (Oxford UP, 2003), and Conversable Worlds: Literature, Contention, and

Community 1762-1830 (Oxford UP, 2011)

Joel Mokyr, The Enlightened Economy: Britain and the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1850 (Penguin, 2011)

Felicity Nussbaum, Rival Queens: Actresses, Performance, and the Eighteenth-century British Theatre (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2010)

Karen O’Brien, Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge UP, 2009)

Mark Philp, Reforming Ideas in Britain: Politics and Language in the Shadow of the French

Revolution, 1789-1815 (Oxford UP, 2013)

J.G.A. Pocock, Virtue, Commerce and History (Cambridge UP, 1985), and The Machiavellian Moment ((Princeton UP, 1975)

James Raven, Judging New Wealth: Popular Publishing and Responses to Commerce in England, 1750-1800 (Oxford UP, 1992)

James Raven, Helen Small and Naomi Tadmor, eds. The Practice and Representation of Reading in

England (Cambridge UP, 1996)

Jane Rendall, The Origins of Modern Feminism (Macmillan, 1985)

John Robertson, The Case for the Enlightenment: Scotland and Naples, 1680-1760 (Cambridge UP, 2005)

Gillian Russell, Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London (Cambridge UP, 2007), and Gillian Russell and Clara Tuite, eds, Romantic Sociability: Social Networks and Literary Culture in Britain, 1770-1840 (Cambridge UP, 2002)

David Simpson, Wordsworth, Commodification and Social Concern: The Poetics of Modernity (Cambridge UP, 2009),

David Solkin, Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House, 1780-1836 (Yale UP, 2001)

E. P. Thompson, Customs in Common (Penguin, 1991)

John Styles and Amanda Vickery, eds, Gender, Taste, and Material Culture in Britain and North America, 1700-1830 (Yale UP, 2006)

David Vincent, Literacy and Popular Culture: England 1750-1914 (Cambridge UP, 1989)

Susan E. Whyman, The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers 1660-1800 (Oxford UP, 2009)

Raymond Williams, Culture and Society (Pelican, 1958)

Kathleen Wilson, The Sense of the People (Cambridge UP, 1995), and The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century (Routledge, 2002)

Kathleen Wilson, ed., A New Imperial History: Culture and Identity in Britain and the Empire, Modernity 1660-1840 (Cambridge UP, 2004)

Below are listed some recent publications by staff of the Centre, many of whom are involved in teaching for the MA. Familiarity with these titles should be helpful both to the study of the course in general, and in considering your choice of modules

Helen Cowie, Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Empathy, Education, Entertainment (Palgrave, 2014)

Geoff Cubitt, History and Memory (Manchester UP, 2007)

Mary Fairclough, The Romantic Crowd: Sympathy, Controversy and Print Culture (Cambridge UP,

2013), and ‘Thomas Beddoes and the Politics of the Imagination’, Journal for Eighteenth-

Century Studies 37(1), 2014: 79-96

Jonathan Finch, ‘Surveying cultural landscapes: Mount plantation, Barbados, and its global

connections’, Internet Archaeology 35 (2013), and ‘Entangled colonial landscapes and the

“dead silence”: Humphry Repton, Jane Austen and the Upchers of Sheringham Park,

Norfolk’, Landscape Review 15 (2013)

Kevin Gilmartin, Writing against Revolution: Literary Conservatism in Britain, 1790-1832

(Cambridge UP, 2007)

Natasha Glaisyer, The Culture of Commerce in England, 1660-1720, (Boydell, 2006), and co-

ed., Didactic Literature in England, 1500-1800: Expertise Constructed (Ashgate, 2003)

Hannah Greig, The Beau Monde: Fashionable Society in Georgian London (Oxford UP, 2013)

Joanna de Groot, Religion, Culture and Politics in Iran: from the Qajars to Khomeini (I.B. Tauris,

2007), and Empire and History Writing in Britian c.1750-2012 (Manchester UP, 2013)

Mark Jenner, co-ed., Medicine and the Market in England and Its Colonies, c. 1450-c.1850

(Palgrave, 2007), and ‘Tasting Lichfield, Touching China: Sir John Floyer’s Senses’,

Historical Journal 53 (2010)

Richard Johns, co-authored, Turner and the Sea (Thames and Hudson, 2013), and ‘“Those wilder

sorts of Painting”: the painted interior in the age of Antonio Verrio’ in Dana Arnold and

David Peters Corbett (eds), A Companion to British Art 1600 to the Present (Wiley, 2013)

Catriona Kennedy, Narratives of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars: Military and Civilian

Experience in Britain and Ireland (Palgrave, 2013), and with Matthew McCormack ed,

Soldiering in Britain and Ireland 1750-1850: Men of Arms (Palgrave, 2012)

Emma Major, Madam Britannia: Women, Church and Nation 1712-1812 (Oxford UP, 2011)

Jon Mee, Conversable Worlds: Literature, Contention, and Community, 1762-1830 (Oxford, 2011),

and co-ed, Romanticism and Revolution: A Reader (Wiley, 2011)

Alison O’Byrne, ‘The Art of Walking in London: Representing Urban Pedestrianism in Early

Nineteenth-Century London’ in Romanticism Special Issue: Re-imagining the City, ed. Gregory Dart. 14:2 (2008), and ‘Composing Westminster Bridge: Public Improvement and National Identity in Eighteenth-Century London’ in The Age of Projects, ed. Maximillian E. Novak (Toronto, 2008)

James Watt, ‘“What mankind has lost and gained”: Johnson, Rasselas, and Colonialism’, in Reading 1759: Literary Culture in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Britain and France, ed. Shaun Regan (Bucknell UP, 2013), and ‘Radcliffe and Politics’, in Ann Radcliffe, Romanticism, and the Gothic, ed. Dale Townshend and Angela Wright (Cambridge UP, 2014)

Here are two specific bibliographies/ sets of recommendations for preparatory reading relating to two of our option modules, Jon Mee’s ‘Print Culture in the 1790s’ and Mary Fairclough’s ‘Literature, Science, Revolution’: more will be posted on the CECS website over the summer vacation

Print Culture in the 1790s


Fallon and Mee (eds) Romanticism and Revolution: A Reader Wiley Blackwell. 2011.

Godwin, William. Caleb Williams


‘William Godwin’s Diary’ at


Barrell, John. Imagining the King’s Death: Figurative Treason, Fantasies of Regicide 1793-1796.

Oxford UP, 2000

---- The Spirit of Despotism: Invasions of Privacy in the 1790s, Oxford UP, 2006

Bugg, John. Five Long Winters: The Trials of British Romanticism, Stanford UP, 2013

Geoff Eley, ‘Nations, Publics, and Political Cultures: Placing Habermas in the Nineteenth Century’

in Habermas and the Public Sphere. Edited by Craig Calhoun, MIT Press, 1996, 289-339.

Epstein, James A. Radical Expression: Political Language, Ritual, and Symbol in England, 1790-

1850, Oxford UP, 1994

Epstein, James, and David Karr, ‘Playing at Revolution: British “Jacobin” Performance’, Journal of

Modern History, 79 (2007), 495-530

Fairclough, Mary. The Romantic Crowd: Sympathy, Controversy and Print Culture. Cambridge

UP, 2013

Goodwin, Albert, The Friends of Liberty: The English Democratic Movement in the Age of the

French Revolution, Hutchinson, 1979

Green, Georgina. The Majesty of the People: Popular Sovereignty and the Role of the Writer in the

1790s. Oxford UP, 2014

Johnston, Kenneth R. Unusual Suspects: Pitt’s Reign of Alarm and the Lost Generation of the

1790s. Oxford UP, 2013

Keen, Paul, The Crisis of Literature in the 1790s: Print Culture and the Public Sphere, Cambridge,

Cambridge UP, 1999

McCalman, Iain, Radical Underworld: Prophets, revolutionaries and pornographers in London,

1795-1840, Cambridge UP, 1988

Mee, Jon. ‘Popular Radical Culture’ in The Cambridge Companion to British Literature of the

French Revolution in the 1790s. Ed Pam Clemit. Cambridge UP, 2011

"'The Use of Conversation': William Godwin's Conversable World and Romantic Sociability"

Studies in Romanticism, 50 (Winter 2011), 567-590

Philp, Mark. Reforming Ideas in Britain: Politics and Language in the Shadow of the French

Revolution, 1789-1815. Cambridge UP, 2014

Poole, Steve (ed) John Thelwall: Radical Romantic and Acquitted Felon, Pickering and Chatto.


Smith, Olivia, The Politics of Language 1791-1819. Oxford UP. 1984

Literature, Science, Revolution:


Barker-Benfield, G. J. The Culture of Sensibility: Sex and Society in Eighteenth-Century Britain.

London: University of Chicago Press, 1992

Bensaude-Vincent, Bernadette, and Christine Blondel. Science and Spectacle in the European

Enlightenment. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008

Brissenden, R.F. Virtue in Distress: Studies in the Novel of Sentiment from Richardson to Sade.

London: Macmillan, 1974

Bruhm, Steven. Gothic Bodies: The Politics of Pain in Romantic Fiction. Philadelphia: University

of Pennsylvania Press, 1994

Darnton, Robert. Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France. Cambridge, MA:

Harvard University Press, 1968

Fara, Patricia. Sympathetic Attractions: Magnetic Practices, Beliefs and Symbolism in Eighteenth-

Century England. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1996

Golinski, Jan. Science as Public Culture: Chemistry and Enlightenment in Britain 1760-1820.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999

Jackson, Noel. Science and Sensation in Romantic Poetry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,


McGann, Jerome. The Poetics of Sensibility: A Revolution in Literary Style. Oxford: Oxford

University Press, 1996

Mullan, John. Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988

Pinch, Adela. Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of Emotion, Hume to Austen. Stanford,

California: Stanford University Press, 1996

Reddy, William The Navigation of Feeling: A Framework for the History of Emotions. Cambridge:

Cambridge University Press, 2001

Riskin, Jessica. Science in the Age of Sensibility: The Sentimental Empiricists of the French

Enlightenment. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002

Rousseau, G. S. “Nerves, Spirits and Fibres: Toward Defining the Origins of Sensibility.” AMS

Studies in the Eighteenth Century 3 (1976): 137–57

Wylie, I. Young Coleridge and the Philosophers of Nature. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989

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