Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel, 1790-1805

Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel, 1790-1805

Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel, 1790-1805

Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel, 1790-1805

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In the 1790s Britain saw the rise of the popular fictions that engaged political and philosophical debates triggered by the French Revolution. Public discourse incorporating debates about the proper role of British citizens in political reform, the expansion of humanity and civil liberties, and the relation between familial structure and political order exploded. Following the violent turn of the French Revolution in 1792 and the declaration of war between Britain and France in 1793, imaginative discourse and public debate became more contested and more complex. This was the world into which the radical novel of purpose was born. The British novels of the late 1700s and early 1800s known as “Jacobin” fictions engaged with political and philosophical . . .
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