Mary Robinson and the Genesis of Romanticism: Literary Dialogues and Debts, 1784–1821

1st Edition

Ashley Cross

Routledge
Published May 21, 2019
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780367346737 - CAT# K441280

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Summary

First coming to prominence as an actress and scandalous celebrity, Mary Robinson created an identity for herself as a Romantic poet and novelist in the 1790s. Through a series of literary dialogues with established writers, Robinson put herself at the center of Romantic literary culture as observer, participant, and creator. Cross argues that Robinson’s dialogues shaped the nature of Romantic writing both in content and form and influenced second-generation Romantics. These dialogues further establish the idea of Romantic discourse as essentially interactive and conversational, not the work of original geniuses working in isolation, and positions Robinson as a central player in its genesis.

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