By Richard Cronin
1798 is an important date in literary background: in that yr the Lyrical Ballads have been released anonymously through Joseph Cottle, the Bristol bookseller. yet this can be a quantity now not in regards to the Lyrical Ballads , yet approximately their yr. it truly is an try and re-create and consider the literary tradition of 1798, the tradition on which Wordsworth and Coleridge determined to make their 'experiment'. it's a booklet during which Wordsworth and Coleridge vie for consciousness, as they did in 1798, with many different writers, together with Schleiermacher, John Thelwall, Mary Hays, the Abbe Barruel, Walter Savage Landor, Mary Wollstonecraft, Thomas Malthus, Joanna Baillie, George Canning, Robert Sothey and the Reverend T.J. Mathias. The chapters of this ebook interact to outline a unmarried ancient second that marked the start of romanticism in England.
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However, as Hamilton's title implies, hers are anti- (or counter-) Memoirs; and their aim is to ridicule Godwin. What is more, the novel sets out to do this by feminizing the philosopher. Godwin himself is trans-sexed, his views being transmitted or ventriloquized by a female character, the evidently ridiculous Miss Bridgetina Botherim. 27 This bothersome figure is herself a transparent double for Mary Hays, least prepossessing of the radical set,28 and, in Hamilton's hands, a confessedly inadequate disciple.
The counts only begin to close in the 1780s, moving above 2 to 3 (40 to 57) by 1798, and, in 1799, actually tilting toward system (54 to 53). ESTC, then, points to the rise of system to parity (and better) with essay by the century's close. To get a rough idea of the trend after 1800, I turned to counts from the Harvard Union Catalogue through the Hollis system. The listings there, of course, are not only less complete, but separating out publication in England from other countries is more difficult in Hollis than in ESTC.
Not a whit too much so, my dear girl; why should there be any inferiority in the one sex than the other? In what are we superior to you? In beauty and wit you always excel us; and were your education not so confined, I doubt not you would equally rival us in the most learned studies ... ' Marauder ran on with such a string of female names, that even Emily began to fancy herself half a Grecian; so artfully did he mix the most pernicious doctrines with the most grateful flattery. 135-6) This may well be the first occasion in literature that a man is represented as using feminism to seduce a woman.
1798: The Year of the Lyrical Ballads by Richard Cronin