A Review by James C. McKusick. Some of the best recent scholarship in our field has been concerned with the political and geographic contexts (and subtexts) of Romantic literature. In particular, several recent books have addressed the relationship between Romanticism as a literary field and the new economic, geographic, and social realities that emerged in consequence of British imperial expansion on a global scale. Two recent collections of essays are exemplary in the scope and sophistication of their approach to these new geopolitical realities: Romanticism, Race, and Imperial Culture (1996), edited by Alan Richardson and Sonia Hofkosh, and Romanticism and Colonialism: Writing and Empire (1998), edited by Tim Fulford and Peter J. Kitson.
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