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date: 23 February 2020

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The Romantic movement transformed the literary culture of Britain, and critical analysis of the nature, causes, and effects of that transformation began in the Romantic period itself. This Handbook analyses recent developments in criticism, synthesizing and extending previous scholarship, identifying emergent research trends, and proposing new lines of enquiry. Divided into ten sections, each containing four or five chapters, the Handbook offers a comprehensivesurvey of British and Irishliterature of the Romantic period; its historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts; and its connections with the literature and thought of other countries and periods. The Introduction explainsthe structure of the volume and the rationale that underpins it, summarizing each chapter and section, pinpointing common themes,and discussing the implications of this ambitious conceptual reorganization of Romantic literary scholarship.

Keywords: Romantic movement, Romantic period, British literature, literary culture, transformation

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