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    2020
    ISBN: 9780198857891  ISBN: 0198857896 
    Language: English
    Description: This book examines the relationship between Romantic-period writing and the activity that Samuel Taylor Coleridge christened ‘mountaineering’ in 1802. It argues that mountaineering developed as a pursuit in Britain during the Romantic era, earlier than is generally recognized, and shows how writers including William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Ann Radcliffe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, and Walter Scott were central to the activity’s evolution. It explores how the desire for physical ascent shaped Romantic-period literary culture, and investigates how the figure of the mountaineer became crucial to creative identities and literary outputs. Illustrated with twenty-five images from the period, the book shows how mountaineering in Britain had its origins in scientific research, antiquarian travel, and the search for the picturesque and the sublime. It considers how writers engaged with mountaineering’s power dynamics and investigates issues including the politics of the summit view (what Wordsworth terms ‘visual sovereignty’), the relationships between different types of ‘mountaineers’, and the role of women in the developing cultures of ascent. Placing the work of canonical writers alongside a wide range of other types of mountaineering literature, this book reassesses key Romantic-period terms and ideas, such as vision, insight, elevation, revelation, transcendence and the sublime. It opens up new ways of understanding the relationship between Romantic-period writers and the world that they experienced through their feet and hands, as well as their eyes, as they moved through the challenging landscapes of the British mountains.
    Subject(s): Literary Studies (Romanticism) ; Romanticism-Great Britain
    ISBN: 9780198857891
    ISBN: 0198857896
    Source: Oxford Scholarship Online
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  • 2
    Book
    Book
    2003
    ISBN: 9780198187585  ISBN: 0198187580 
    Language: English
    Description: This book argues that poetry played a major role in the mediation of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars to the British public, and that the wars had a significant impact on poetic practices and theories in the Romantic period. It examines a wide range of writers, both canonical (Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Byron) and non-canonical (Smith, Southey, Scott, and Hemans), and locates their work within the huge amount of war poetry published in newspapers and magazines. It shows that poetry was a crucial form through which what were seen as the first modern or ‘total’ wars were imagined in Britain and that it was central to the cultural and political debates over the conflict with France. While the Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars compelled poets to re-examine their roles, it was poetry itself which produced a major transformation of the imagining of war that would be influential throughout the 19th century.
    Subject(s): Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (Romanticism)
    ISBN: 9780198187585
    ISBN: 0198187580
    Source: Oxford Scholarship Online
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  • 3
    Article
    Article
    2012
    ISSN: 1354-991X  ISSN: 1750-0192 
    Language: English
    In: Romanticism (Edinburgh), 2012-04, Vol.18 (1), p.1-15
    Subject(s): Literary Studies ; Wordsworth, William ; Authors ; Mountaineering ; Travel Writing ; Eighteenth Century ; Coleridge, Samuel Taylor ; Nineteenth Century ; Romanticism ; English Literature ; General ; Sublime, The ; Identity ; Keats, John ; 1700-1899 ; Romantic period ; mountaineering ; English literature
    ISSN: 1354-991X
    ISSN: 1750-0192
    E-ISSN: 1750-0192
    Source: Academic Search Ultimate
    Source: MLA International Bibliography with Full Text
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  • 4
    Article
    Article
    2013
    ISSN: 1354-991X  ISSN: 1750-0192 
    Language: English
    In: Romanticism (Edinburgh), 2013-10, Vol.19 (3), p.246-260
    Subject(s): Literary Studies ; Wordsworth, William ; The Prelude(1799, 1805, 1850) ; Coleridge, Samuel Taylor ; English literature ; Romantic period ; rock climbing ; 1800-1899 ; letters ; poetry
    ISSN: 1354-991X
    ISSN: 1750-0192
    E-ISSN: 1750-0192
    Source: Academic Search Ultimate
    Source: MLA International Bibliography with Full Text
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  • 5
    Article
    Article
    2013
    ISSN: 0040-2982 
    Language: English
    In: Tempo (London), 2013-07, Vol.67 (265), p.37-49
    Description: This interview, based on a conversation with Simon Bainbridge at London's City Literary Institute in June 2011, presents something of a rounded portrait of the composer while covering a good deal of ground. We began our conversation with a discussion of a recent work for orchestra, Concerti Grossi, going into some detail in matters of scoring and structure. The discussion then broadened to cover such topics as the creative process, formative influences (for example, his parents' activity in the visual arts, Debussy's Jeux, John Lambert and Gunther Schuller), instrumentation and the relationship of music and text. This led on specifically to Bainbridge's settings of Primo Levi, in for example the cycle Ad Ora Incerta, and to a consideration of the composer's relationship with the audience.
    Subject(s): Bainbridge, Simon
    ISSN: 0040-2982
    E-ISSN: 1478-2286
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences III
    Source: Cambridge Journals 2015 HSS Package
    Source: Alma/SFX Local Collection
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  • 6
    Lexicon Article
    Lexicon Article
    2012
    ISBN: 9780199846719  ISBN: 0199846715 
    Language: English
    In: British and Irish Literature, 2012-09-20
    Description: William Wordsworth (b. 1770–d. 1850) was one of the most important poets of the Romantic period and is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest poets writing in the English language. He was born in Cockermouth in the Lake District and went to Hawkshead Grammar School in the same area. His mother died in 1778, and the death of his father in 1783 left him and his siblings, including his sister Dorothy, in financial difficulties. Wordsworth studied classics at St. John’s College Cambridge, after which he spent time in London, France, and southwest England, where his friendship with fellow poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge became a vital inspiration. In 1798 the two poets published jointly the first volume of Lyrical Ballads, Wordsworth’s own claims for which contributed to a debate about the volume ushering in a new age of poetry, a debate that continues to this day. After a brief stay in Germany, William and Dorothy returned to the Lake District, settling in Grasmere, an event celebrated in the poem “Home at Grasmere.” Wordsworth lived in the Lake District for the remainder of his life, and the poet and the region continue to be strongly associated. In 1799 Wordsworth completed the first version of what would become his poetic masterpiece, the epic autobiography The Prelude, a work that he continued to expand and revise and that wasn’t published until 1850, after the poet’s death. He married Mary Hutchinson in 1802 and the couple had five children, though two died in 1812. Poems in Two Volumes (1807) and the long work The Excursion (1814) were published to mixed receptions, and Wordsworth’s acceptance of the government-funded role of Distributor of Stamps for Westmoreland in 1813 seemed to some contemporaries to be symbolic of the poet’s increasing orthodoxy and conservatism after his radical, nonconformist youth. Wordsworth’s critical reputation improved from the 1820s on, culminating in his appointment as Poet Laureate in 1843, seven years before his death. The strange and often disturbing power of Wordsworth’s poetry has always been recognized, though contemporaries were often critical of the poet’s choice of “low” subject matter and of what John Keats defined as the “egotistical sublime” character of his verse, qualities that since have been recognized as central to Wordsworth’s poetic achievement. Wordsworth has been central to discussions of Romanticism and English literature more generally and continues to stimulate a wealth of critical readings and theoretical approaches.
    Subject(s): Literary Studies (British and Irish)
    ISBN: 9780199846719
    ISBN: 0199846715
    Source: Alma/SFX Local Collection
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  • 7
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2020
    ISBN: 9780198857891  ISBN: 0198857896 
    Language: English
    In: Mountaineering and British Romanticism, 2020-04-16
    Description: This chapter investigates how reaching a mountain summit came to be seen as a meaningful act in the Romantic period. It examines three case studies of texts by pioneering climbers who played significant roles in the development of mountaineering and who can be seen as representatives of different emerging cultures of ascent. Joseph Budworth’s A Fortnight’s Ramble to the Lakes (1792 and 1810) illustrates how mountaineering developed as a ‘curious’ pursuit. William Bingley’s A Tour Round North Wales (1800) and North Wales (1804) reveal how a culture of mountain ‘adventure’ evolved out of the scientific pursuit of botany. John MacCulloch’s The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland (1824) shows the developing conception of mountaineering as a heroic pursuit that enabled those undertaking it to claim a specific identity, articulated particularly through the language of chivalry. The case studies illustrate mountaineering’s development in the Lake District, Snowdonia, and the Scottish Highlands.
    ISBN: 9780198857891
    ISBN: 0198857896
    Source: Oxford Scholarship Online
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  • 8
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2020
    ISBN: 9780198857891  ISBN: 0198857896 
    Language: English
    In: Mountaineering and British Romanticism, 2020-04-16
    Description: This chapter traces mountaineering’s evolution from one-off ascents, usually undertaken for a specific utilitarian purpose, into a leisure pursuit participated in by an increasingly large section of society. It examines how the practice of climbing developed out of three cultures that were well established in late eighteenth-century Britain: scientific research, antiquarianism, and picturesque travel. Investigating a wide range of writing from these three cultures (with key texts including Horace Bénédict de Saussure’s Voyages dans les Alpes, Thomas Pennant’s Journey to Snowdon, and Thomas West’s A Guide to the Lakes), the chapter shows how the summit became appreciated for the role it played in these pursuits, as an elevated viewing station, an observatory, a source of scientific specimens, and even as an outdoor laboratory.
    ISBN: 9780198857891
    ISBN: 0198857896
    Source: Oxford Scholarship Online
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  • 9
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2020
    ISBN: 9780198857891  ISBN: 0198857896 
    Language: English
    In: Mountaineering and British Romanticism, 2020-04-16
    Description: This chapter takes as its starting point William Wordsworth’s ascent of Snowdon in 1791 and Keats’s ‘fag & tug’ up Ben Nevis in 1818 to show how the writers participated in the period’s developing mountaineering culture. It investigates the visual dimension of the two poets’ ascents, locating their climbs within the optically-motivated culture of Romantic-period climbing and showing how ascent made possible new ways of seeing. To trace the developing aesthetics of elevated viewing, the chapter examines a wide range of travel texts by writers including the following: Thomas Pennant, John Brown, William Hutchinson, Charles Moritz, Ann Radcliffe, James Denholm, Adam Walker, John Stoddart, William Green, Jonathan Otley, and Edward Baines. Within the context of this developing literature of mountaineering, it argues that Wordsworth’s and Keats’s mountain-top experiences can be best understood within the evolving framework of ‘the spectacle of Nature’.
    ISBN: 9780198857891
    ISBN: 0198857896
    Source: Oxford Scholarship Online
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  • 10
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2020
    ISBN: 9780198857891  ISBN: 0198857896 
    Language: English
    In: Mountaineering and British Romanticism, 2020-04-16
    Description: Walter Scott played a major role in popularizing mountain-based adventure, particularly through his best-selling novels. Examining the dramatic rock-climbing episodes in The Antiquary, The Pirate, and Anne of Geierstein, this chapter argues that Scott helped turn rock-climbing into a pursuit undertaken for pleasure, and reconstructed the figure of the climber from one associated with particular occupations, such as fowling, into a heroic identity to which his readers could aspire. Unlike many of the other period’s writers, Scott resisted the allure of the mountaineer, whom he associated with less civilized communities. Rather, Scott embodied a redefined manliness in his ‘cragsman’ heroes, whom he constructed against a range of other masculinities, one of which was that of the mountaineer. The chapter explores how Scott helped create the identity of the heroic recreational climber and provided what many contemporaries regarded as the authentic articulation of the climbing experience.
    ISBN: 9780198857891
    ISBN: 0198857896
    Source: Oxford Scholarship Online
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