Affects of War: Sovereignty and Violence in Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hazlitt, And De Quincey Restricted; Files Only

Ngoh, Catherene (Summer 2018)

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“Affects of War: Sovereignty and Violence in Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hazlitt, and De Quincey” intervenes in recent romantic scholarship that reads romantic writing as a wartime literature and an elaboration of Britain’s role in an already global world. Tracing war’s displacements through debates concerning national and individual sovereignty, I take up British Romanticism as a counter-history of the Napoleonic wars, and offer previously unexplored entries to this history through texts that address the death penalty, hospitality, race, and addiction. Beginning with Wordsworth’s claim in his treatise The Convention of Cintra that the significance of the ongoing Peninsular War is not so much expressed in events themselves as in the peculiar “intensity” of the war and “combinations of violence” deployed, my chapters take up different kinds of wartime violence as a nexus for the production of subjectivities and their political configurations in wartime Britain.


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CHAPTER ONE: Mapping War from the Salisbury Plain Poems to The Convention of Cintra 22

CHAPTER TWO: Inhospitable Natures                                            56

CHAPTER THREE: William Hazlitt and the Critique of Sovereignty                    94

CHAPTER FOUR: De Quincey and the Global Nineteenth Century                      127

Works Cited                                                                  165

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