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A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade That Forged the Modern Mind

Rachel Hewitt
Format
Book
Published
London : Granta, 2017.
Language
English
ISBN
9781847085733, 1847085733, 9781847085757
Summary
"In the 1790s, Britain underwent what the politician Edmund Burke called 'the most importamt of all revolutions... a revolution in sentiments'. Inspired by the bold beginnings of the French Revolution, British radicals dreamt of founding new political worlds. The Enlightenment's wildest hopes crested in the utopian projects of optimists such as the young poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the philosophers William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft, the physician Thomas Beddoes and the first photographer Thomas Wedgwood - all of whom sought to reform sex, education, commerce, politics and medicine by revolutionising attitudes to emotions and desires. But as the French Revolution descended into bloody Terror and the British government quashed radical political activities, feverish optimism turned to bleak disappointment. A Revolution of Feeling is the vivid and absorbing account of the dramatic end of the Enlightenment, which gave way to a more conservative emotional landscape, preoccupied by guilt, sin, failure, individualism, resignation and repression. It is also the story of the human cost of political upheaval, of men and women consigned to the 'wrong side of history'. As the revolutionary proposals of 1790s British radicals collapsed, that failure resulted in a profound cultural revolution: a revolution of feeling. Every society, in every age, feels differently, and from the seismic shifts of 1790s Britain emerged the contours of our contemporary attitudes to need, longing, and emotion."--
Contents
  • Introduction: The history of emotion
  • 1. The unlooked-for dawn
  • 2. The distribution of human happiness
  • 3. A revolution in female manners
  • 4. The inhumanity of kings
  • 5. The purifying alchemy of education
  • 6. Neck or nothing
  • 7. The most delightful theory of an island
  • 8. The orgasm of the Revolution
  • 9. The new philosophy of air
  • 10. Come now, ye golden times
  • 11. Falling into the common lot of humanity
  • 12. Awaking in fetters
  • 13. Revolutions by mourning and accommodation
  • 14. The nursery of genius
  • 15. Ruling over the causes of pain and pleasure
  • 16. God withdraws His protection
  • 17. Treachery and desertion
  • 18. The revolution of feeling.Fe
Description
550 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 25 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-526) and index.
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