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Author Fairclough, Mary, 1978- author

Title The Romantic crowd : sympathy, controversy and print culture / Mary Fairclough
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 294 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; [97]
Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 97
Contents Introduction: collective sympathy -- Part I. Sympathetic Communication, 1750-1800: From Moral Philosophy to Revolutionary Crowds. 1. Sympathy and the crowd: eighteenth-century contexts ; 2. Sympathetic communication and the French Revolution -- Part II. Romantic Afterlives, 1800-1850: Sympathetic Communication, Mass Protest and Print Culture. 3. Sympathy and the press: mass protest and print culture in Regency England ; 4. 'The contagious sympathy of popular and patriotic emotions': sympathy and loyalism after Waterloo -- Afterword: sympathy and the Romantic crowd
Summary "In the long eighteenth century, sympathy was understood not just as an emotional bond, but also as a physiological force, through which disruption in one part of the body produces instantaneous disruption in another. Building on this theory, Romantic writers explored sympathy as a disruptive social phenomenon, which functioned to spread disorder between individuals and even across nations like a 'contagion'. It thus accounted for the instinctive behaviour of people swept up in a crowd. During this era sympathy assumed a controversial political significance, as it came to be associated with both riotous political protest and the diffusion of information through the press. Mary Fairclough reads Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, John Thelwall, William Hazlitt and Thomas De Quincey alongside contemporary political, medical and philosophical discourse. Many of their central questions about crowd behaviour still remain to be answered by the modern discourse of collective psychology"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 266-287) and index
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Subject Englisch, ...
Revolution (France : 1789-1799)
Sympathy -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Sympathy -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Romanticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Romanticism -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Social values -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Social values -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Press and politics -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Collective behavior -- Moral and ethical aspects
France -- History -- Revolution, 1789-1799 -- Foreign public opinion, British
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012036727
ISBN 9781139382724 (electronic bk.)
1139382721 (electronic bk.)
9781139626026 (electronic bk.)
1139626027 (electronic bk.)
9781139613002 (e-book)