Poetry and Freethought, 1780-1830
By (author) Martin Priestman
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Romantic Atheism by Martin Priestman
Book DescriptionRomantic Atheism explores the links between English Romantic poetry and the first burst of outspoken atheism in Britain from the 1780s onwards. Martin Priestman examines the work of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron and Keats in their most intellectually radical periods, establishing the depth of their engagement with such discourses, and in some cases their active participation. Equal attention is given to less canonical writers: such poet-intellectuals as Erasmus Darwin, Sir William Jones, Richard Payne Knight and Anna Laetitia Barbauld, and controversialists including Holbach, Volney, Paine, Priestley, Godwin, Richard Carlile and Eliza Sharples (these last two in particular representing the close links between punishably outspoken atheism and radical working-class politics). Above all, the book conveys the excitement of Romantic atheism, whose dramatic appeals to new developments in politics, science and comparative mythology lend it a protean energy belied by the common and more recent conception of 'loss of faith'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521621243
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Jan-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martin Priestman
Cowper's 'Task', Paperback (March 2010)
Originally published in 1983, this book is the first complete critical study of The Task, by William Cowper (1731-1800).
Romantic Atheism, Paperback (November 2006)
This book explores the links between Romantic poetry and the first burst of outspoken atheism in Britain.
Cambridge Companion to Crime Fiction, Paperback (November 2003)» View all books by Martin Priestman
This Companion covers British and American crime fiction from the eighteenth century to the end of the twentieth.
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