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date: 22 October 2019

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Intertextual dialogue in the Romantic period is shaped by conflicting imperatives. Romantic writers lived in an age when the pressure to be original and natural coincided for the first time to a significant degree with the worship and canonization of previous British authors, especially such ‘geniuses’ as Shakespeare and Milton. Major figures from every genre of the period can be seen to negotiate the competing demands to acquire legitimacy by invoking other, recognized writers, and to express their own unique vision and style—both to fit into existing literary tradition and to stand out as unique. This chapter explores the complications of intertextual dialogue in five representative authors across a variety of genres: the essayist and critic William Hazlitt, the poet and writer of marginalia Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the novelist Jane Austen, and poets John Clare and John Keats.

Keywords: intertextuality, allusion, quotation, imitation, influence, tradition, parody, satire, marginalia

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