The second volume in the Reading and Studying Literature series, co-published with the Open University, introduces students to European romanticism and Victorian culture. Each period is discussed in terms of an overarching theme, providing a clear focus for study and discussion and introducing readers to an important theoretical concept in literary studies.
European romanticism is approached through a consideration of the evolution of the idea of the romantic author and the romantic inner life, using readings from Wordsworth on Grasmere, Shelley lyric poetry and Thomas de Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium Eater. The book goes on to explore Victorian culture through a reading of ideas of 'home' and 'abroad', in the work of Emily Bronte, Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Louis Stevenson. The featured theoretical concept of this volume is 'the author'.
Nicola J. Watson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the Open University. Shafquat Towheed is Lecturer in the Department of English at the Open University.
Part 1: Romantic lives: Wordsworth: Poet in a landscape | Shelley: A life in poetry | De Quincey: Journalist in the city | Hoffmann and Pushkin: Tormented and divided selves | Part 2: Home and abroad in the Victorian age, c. 1832-1901: Wuthering Heights (1847) | Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four (1890) | Robert Louis Stevenson, `The Beach of Falesa' (1892-3)