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By Richard Cronin
1798 is an important date in literary heritage: in that yr the Lyrical Ballads have been released anonymously through Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. yet this can be a quantity now not concerning the Lyrical Ballads , yet approximately their 12 months. it truly is an try to re-create and consider the literary tradition of 1798, the tradition on which Wordsworth and Coleridge determined to make their 'experiment'. it's a e-book during which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for recognition, as they did in 1798, with many different writers, together with Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this booklet interact to outline a unmarried old second that marked the start of romanticism in England.
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In anti-jacobin contexts, this usage has a quasi-sexual familiarity, as though being familiar with her name were equivalent to being familiar with her person. 31 The usage returns to the Anti-Jacobin in 1801: relying on the inherently ambiguous prominence of 'Mary', as a name shared by Magdalene and VIrgin alike, 'The VIsion of Liberty' describes the Vindication as 'A scripture, archly fram'd, for propagating w - s' (st. 32 Textual licence is standing in for sexual licence. Philosophy, bizarrely enough, is a byword for prostitution; and similar equations occur wherever Wollstonecraft's Christian name is mentioned: Mary's theory, that it is the right of women to indulge their inclinations with every man they like, is so far from being new, that it is as old as prostitution ...
Still more strikingly, Godwin himself concurs with these partial sympathies when he comes to write the Memoirs. Exemptions are allocated to poetry and 'personal' prose, presumably, on the understanding that works of this kind are subservient to the norms of sexual difference. The anxieties surrounding the genus of the woman writer have to do with specific categories of writing. Consternation in this quarter does seem to have heated up, however: in 1796 the Monthly Magazine's Enquirer, William Enfield, could portray a young woman who 'thinks it no discredit to be called one of Mrs.
4. 5. 6. Rahm Emanuel, 'Convocation Address', School of Speech Commencement Convocation, Northwestern University, 21 June 1997. Raymond Williams, Writing in Society (London: Verso, 1983), pp. 1-7. See also Alvin Kernan, Samuel Johnson and the Impact of Print (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987). For the idea of writing as a new technology in the eighteenth century, see Clifford Siskin, The Work of Writing: Literature and Social Change 1700-1830 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998), pp.
1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads by Richard Cronin