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Module 1: Backgrounds to the English Romantics, 1798-1832

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The expansion of print culture had an enormous influence on the shaping of public taste during the Romantic Period.
The English Romantic writers were obsessed with the role of the author, but they were equally obsessed with the questions of the audience and the questions of reading and reading practices.
Much of English Romantic poetry must be seen as an instantiation of a transnational connection brought about by the imperial conquests.
English Romantic writing was influenced by the questions and debates around slavery and the idea of the 'Noble Savage'.
Critics have argued that during this period one sees the rise of humanitarian imperialism.
Several aesthetic theories and imaginative discourses in English Romantic writing were centered on science.