The aesthetics of the Romantic Period and women’s writing

Price, F. (2023) The aesthetics of the Romantic Period and women’s writing. In: The Oxford Handbook of American and British Women Philosophers in the Nineteenth Century. Oxford Handbooks . Oxford University Press, C27S1-C27N1. ISBN 9780197558898

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While the aesthetics of the Romantic period are commonly associated with the work of a limited number of male poets, the gendered nature of such thought in the era ensured that women writers commented extensively and in unprecedented numbers on matters of taste. In her polemical works, the radical Mary Wollstonecraft argued that the philosopher Edmund Burke had created an aesthetic that was not only gendered but fundamentally inegalitarian. In response, she proposed a retreat from the social to the natural and a rejection of convention in favor of originality. But other women writers, while also rejecting Burke’s gendering of the sublime and the beautiful, were suspicious of Wollstonecraft’s account of originality. As they reassessed how accurate aesthetic judgments could be made within the social space, they reshaped Romantic aesthetics and created the conditions for realism.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sublime, beautiful, originality, independence, genius
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary history
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Divisions: Research Entities > Chichester Centre for Critical and Creative Writing
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router Jisc
Depositing User: Publications Router Jisc
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 11:13
Last Modified: 17 May 2024 13:39

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