John Galt: Observations and Conjectures on Literature, History, and Society (Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850)
By: Regina Hewitt (editor)Hardback
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The essays in this volume revalue the work of the Romantic-era Scottish writer John Galt, connecting his methods and goals with Scottish Enlightenment "conjectural" historiography and with later social theorizing. Emphasizing the construction, representation and use of social knowledge, the essays find new meaning in Galt's perceptions of the Atlantic and Mediterranean worlds in which he traveled, his attitudes toward community building and progress, and his innovations in fiction, drama, journalism and biography.
Regina Hewitt is professor of English at University of South Florida.
Table of Contents Illustrations Chapter 1: Introduction: Observations and Conjectures on John Galt's Place in Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic-era Studies by Regina Hewitt Section I. Progress, Memory, and Communities Chapter 2: Remembering John Galt by Gerard Carruthers Chapter 3: Altered States: Galt, Serial Fiction, and the Romantic Miscellany by Ian Duncan Chapter 4: The Sense of No Ending: John Galt and the Travels of Commoners and Kings in "The Steam-Boat" and "The Gathering of the West" by Caroline McCracken-Flesher Section II. Conflict and Consensus Chapter 5: John Galt's Annals of the Parish and the Strategies of Tales of Locale by Martha Bohrer Chapter 6: The Corrective Detective: Genre and Masculinity in Sir Andrew Wylie of that Ilk by Sharon Alker Chapter 7: Trauma and Witness in Ringan Gilhaize by Alyson Bardsley Section III. Justice and Tolerance Chapter 8: Feudal Days: John Galt's Ambivalent Medievalism by Clare A. Simmons Chapter 9: John Galt's Travels and Observations of Hareach, the Wandering Jew: History and Identity; Narrative and Nation by Elizabeth Kraft Chapter 10: Galt and the Theater by Frederick Burwick Chapter 11: John Galt's Angular Magazinity by Robert Morrison Section IV. Identities and Ethics Chapter 12: Public Benefits and Private Gains: The Provost and The Member by H. B. de Groot Chapter 13: Time, Emigration, and the Circum-Atlantic World: John Galt's Bogle Corbet by Kenneth McNeil Chapter 14: Agency, Destiny, and National Character: John Galt and Europe by Angela Esterhammer Chapter 15: John Galt, Harriet Martineau, and the Role of the Social Theorist by Regina Hewitt Contributors Index
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