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date: 19 February 2020

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This chapter examines the literature of the controversy over the French Revolution. It discusses the polemical texts that contributed directly to the controversy associated with Burke, Godwin, Paine, and Wollstonecraft, but also the culture wars that perpetuated it in terms of the novel, poetry, and the theatre. In the 1790s, some of the great names associated with Romanticism came to literary maturity, Blake, Coleridge, and Wordsworth among them. The chapter reminds readers that it was a golden age of satire as a consequence of the ideological conflict, but also a decade when the definitions of literature and culture entered a period of crisis and redefinition.

Keywords: French Revolution, radicalism, loyalism, Jacobin novel, satire, newspapers, freedom of the press, treason trials

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