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

Palgrave Macmillan
11/20/2008

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

Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830 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 demonstrates that the minstrel was central to developments as varied as the introduction of the word 'improvisation' into English through portrayals of Italian improvisers, the rivalry between Wordsworth and Byron in the 1810s, and the emergence of poems that dramatized ancient minstrel contests to address the competitive dynamics of the literary marketplace. Reading The Last of the Mohicans alongside a wide range of materials from early nineteenth-century print culture, the book's final chapter draws out the project's implications for the emergence of transatlantic blackface minstrelsy in the 1830s and 1840s.


Literary Minstrelsy, 1770-1830: Minstrels and Improvisers in British, Irish, and American Literature Table Of Content

1 The Minstrel Mode 1

2 The Minstrel in the World: Sydney Owenson and Irish Internationalism 27

3 'The Minstrels of Modern Italy': Germaine de Stael, Improvisation, and Myths of Corinne 51

4 The Minstrel and Regency Romanticism: James Beattie and the Rivalry of Byron and Wordsworth 75

5 The Minstrel Goes to Market: the Prizes and Contests of James Hogg, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and Felicia Hemans 104

6 The 'Minstrel of the Western Continent': The Last of the Mohicans and Transatlantic Minstrelsy before Blackface 134

Notes 158

Works Cited 197

Index 209


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