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By Daniel Stout

company Romanticism bargains an alternate historical past of the connections among modernity, individualism, and the unconventional. In early nineteenth-century England, developments—the upward thrust of company individuals and the increased scale of business action—undermined the fundamental assumption underpinning either liberalism and the legislation: that specific human individuals should be meaningfully correlated with particular activities and specific results. studying works via Godwin, Austen, Hogg, Mary Shelley, and Dickens along a wide-ranging set of debates in nineteenth-century legislation and Romantic politics and aesthetics, Daniel Stout argues that the radical, a literary shape lengthy understood as a mirrored image of individualism’s ideological ascent, actually registered the delicate fictionality of responsible members in a interval outlined via company actors and expansively entangled fields of action.

Examining how liberalism, the legislations, and the radical all wrestled with the ethical implications of a hugely collectivized and densely packed modernity, company Romanticism reconfigures our experience of the 19th century and its novels, arguing that we see in them no longer easily the apotheosis of laissez-fair individualism however the first bankruptcy of a very important and enormously glossy challenge approximately the way to healthy the individualist and humanist phrases of justice onto an international within which the main consequential brokers aren't any longer persons.

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