What the Victorians Made of Romanticism

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“This ambitious book is a major contribution to our understanding of Romanticism, not only what it was but also what it became. It will be an essential guide to the web of reception and remaking for period specialists, while also posing urgent questions—and answers—for our own moment of hypermediation.”–Clifford Siskin, New York University

“What have Victorian temperance lectures to do with Shelley, retrofitted illustrations to say about Wordsworth, or snuffboxes and postcards to tell us about Scott? In fascinating case studies, Tom Mole traces the unexpected shapes that literature is requisitioned to fill in the interests of its own survival. Mole writes with relish and flair, and with a canny awareness that these are the stories of what happens as texts and reputations are remade and reused for more purposes than those of the professional critic.”–Kathryn Sutherland, University of Oxford

“Original and compelling. What the Victorians Made of Romanticism presents a number of valuable insights and perspectives on its topic.”–Antony H. Harrison, author of Victorian Poets and Romantic Poems: Intertextuality and Ideology

“Convincing and nuanced. Mole extends existing knowledge of the Victorian reshaping of Romanticism by tracing the cultural transmission of selected Romantic poets through often overlooked reception practices such as sermons, illustrations, anthologies, and statues.”–Kim Wheatley, author of Romantic Feuds: Transcending the “Age of Personality”

“A splendid book. Mole provides a much needed perspective on how the broader culture of the Victorian age responded to a highly selective and heavily mediated and remediated version of Romanticism.”–David G. Riede, author of Matthew Arnold and the Betrayal of Language