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Romanticism and Popular Magic

Poetry and Cultures of the Occult in the 1790s

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1st ed. 2019. 2019

In englischer Sprache

Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-030-04810-5


This book explores how Romanticism was shaped by practices of popular magic. It seeks to identify the place of occult activity and culture - in the form of curses, spells, future-telling, charms and protective talismans - in everyday life, together with the ways in which such practice figures, and is refigured, in literary and political discourse at a time of revolutionary upheaval. What emerges is a new perspective on literature's material contexts in the 1790s - from the rhetorical, linguistic and visual jugglery of the revolution controversy, to John Thelwall's occult turn during a period of autobiographical self-reinvention at the end of the decade. From Wordsworth's deployment of popular magic as a socially and politically emancipatory agent in Lyrical Ballads, to Coleridge's anxious engagement with superstition as a despotic system of 'mental enslavement', and Robert Southey's wrestling with an (increasingly alluring) conservatism he associated with a reliance on ultimately incarcerating systems of superstition.

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