Godwinian Moments: From the Enlightenment to Romanticism
Godwinian Moments is the first ever book collection on the work of William Godwin, the radical British philosopher, novelist, and pamphleteer who contributed extensively to the political and cultural shifts of 1783 to 1834. These essays reveal Godwin as a manyfaceted thinker, pursuing progressive change through various genres and discursive contexts, while confronting moments of tension and contradiction in his views.
Leading scholars of British Romanticism examine his writings both well-known, such as Caleb Williams and Political Justice, and neglected, including The Inquirer, Mandeville, and his dramas. Along with sections on his engagements with radicalism and with history, this collection provides a fascinating look at his relations with philanthropist Thomas Wedgwood and Jewish radical John King. Godwinian Moments is a valuable resource for understanding the intellectual and societal shifts of the long nineteenth-century.
- Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
- World Rights
- Page Count: 304 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.3in
Author InformationRobert M. Maniquis is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Victoria Myers is a professor in the Humanities Division at Pepperdine University.
Table of contents
PART ONE: Godwin’s Radical Moment
- Godwin’s Calvinist Ghosts: Political Justice and Caleb Williams by Robert M Maniquis (UCLA)
- Godwin, Thelwall, and the Means of Progress by Mark Philp (Oxford)
- ‘The Press and Danger of the Crowd’: Godwin, Thelwall, and the Counter-Public Sphere by Jon Mee (University of Warwick)
- ‘Awakening the Mind’: William Godwin’s Enquirer by Gary Handwerk (University of Washington)
- Godwin Disguised: Politics in the Juvenile Library by Robert Anderson (University of Toronto)
PART TWO: Godwin’s Experiments with History
- Oratory and History: Godwin’s History of the Life of William Pitt, Earl of Chatham by Victoria Myers (Pepperdine University)
- The Disfiguration of Enlightenment: War, Trauma, and the Historical Novel in Godwin’s Mandeville by Tilottama Rajan (University of Western Ontario)
- ‘This is the dread hour that must decide the fate of England!’ Godwin’s St Dunstan by David O'Shaughnessy (University of Warwick)
- Heavy Drama by Julie A Carlson (University of California at santa Barbara)
PART THREE: Godwin’s Acquaintances
- The Philosopher and the Moneylender: The Relationship between William Godwin and John King by Michael Scrivener (Wayne State University)
- Commerce of Luminaries: Eight Letters between William Godwin and Thomas Wedgwood by Pamela Clemit (Durham University)
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