By Daniela Garofalo
Examines fantasies of charismatic, virile leaders in British literature from the 1790s to the 1840s.
From the 1790s to the 1840s, the terror that Britain had turn into too effeminate to guard itself opposed to the anarchic forces unleashed by means of the French Revolution produced in many British writers of the interval a wish to painting powerful leaders who may keep an eye on the democratic and advertisement forces of modernization. whereas it really is usual in Romantic reviews to stress that Romantic writers have an interest within the solitary genius or hero who separates himself from the group to pursue his personal inventive visions, Daniela Garofalo argues as an alternative that Romantic and early Victorian writers have an interest in charismatic males—military heroes, tyrants, kings, and captains of industry—who set up glossy political and monetary groups, occasionally through instance, and infrequently through direct engagement. studying works by way of William Godwin, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, William Hazlitt, Thomas Carlyle, and Charlotte Brontë, Garofalo indicates how those leaders, endowed with an inherent virility instead of easily inherited rank, legitimize hierarchy anew for an age being affected by a predicament of authority.
“Garofalo finds a power nervousness in nineteenth-century British writing—a worry that the stipulations of contemporary existence might undermine either nationwide and person will. She indicates how a sequence of writers replied to that danger through developing a ‘manly chief’ acceptable to an age of capitalism and political liberalism.” — Ted Underwood, writer of The paintings of the solar: Literature, technological know-how, and Political economic system, 1760–1860
“The physique chapters—especially these on Byron and Hazlitt—work via unusual fabric with lucidity and verve, connecting rules and texts rarely installed juxtaposition with one another.” — John Plotz, writer of The Crowd: British Literature and Public Politics
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