Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830 Minstrels and Improvisers in British, Irish, and American Literature

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This book argues that Romantic-era writers used the figure of the minstrel to imagine authorship as a social, responsive enterprise unlike the solitary process portrayed by Romantic myths of the lone genius. Simpson highlights the centrality of the minstrel to many important literary developments from the Romantic era through to the 1840s.

Author Biography

ERIK SIMPSON is an Assistant Professor of English at Grinnell College. He has published articles in ELH, European Romantic Review and the Journal of the Midwest MLA.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
The Minstrel Modep. 1
The Minstrel in the World: Sydney Owenson and Irish Internationalismp. 27
'The Minstrels of Modern Italy': Germaine de Stael, Improvisation, and Myths of Corinnep. 51
The Minstrel and Regency Romanticism: James Beattie and the Rivalry of Byron and Wordsworthp. 75
The Minstrel Goes to Market: the Prizes and Contests of James Hogg, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and Felicia Hemansp. 104
The 'Minstrel of the Western Continent': The Last of the Mohicans and Transatlantic Minstrelsy before Blackfacep. 134
Notesp. 158
Works Citedp. 197
Indexp. 209
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