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Romantic Ethics 2022 : Romantic Ethics and the Woke Romantics - Edited Volume, Anglistik und Englischunterricht

Submission Deadline: Nov 20, 2020
Camera Ready Version Due : Aug 31, 2021


The works of Romantic writers and political philosophers served a morally instructive purpose for the audiences and readerships of their time. In their pamphlets, speeches, plays and poetry, as well as narrative texts, dominant discourses on, e.g., socio-economic questions, child-rearing, self-management, interactions with marginalised individuals, and visions of democratised states and communities stabilised, commented on and potentially subverted what is now considered a Romantic belief system. The implicit hierarchy of authors of such instructive texts and their recommended moral regulations open a window into the social inequalities of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Because these texts “appeared to have no political bias, these rules took on the power of natural law, and as a result, they presented readers with ideology in its most powerful form” (Armstrong 60). At the same time, it must be acknowledged that Romanticism as such “did create a great revolution in consciousness” (Berlin 20) insofar as Britain’s marginalised groups often became the central focus of Romantic works. Despite their normative character, these texts still left room to create counter-hegemonic discourses, allowed for alternative readings and subversive re-writings, and incited (sub-cultural) agency as a challenge to prevalent ideologies of the Long 18th Century. This emerging Romantic inclusiveness “signalled the beginnings of the aesthetic and ideological acceptance of previously marginalized ‘Others’, social, racial, cultural, and aesthetic” (Athanassoglou-Kallmyer 19) – an awareness that would nowadays be considered ‘woke’.

Call For Paper

This Call for Contributions invites topics including (but not limited to) the following:
• Female Education and Women’s Rights
• Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement
• Political Criticism and the Birth of Human Rights
• Schooling in the Long 18th Century
• Post-Nationalism and Global Community
• Romantic Childhood and Human Perfectibility
• The Affluent vs. The Poor: Charitable Acts vs. Social Hierarchy
• Artistic Sensibility and the Woke Romantic Genius
• Romantic Imagination and Re-definitions of Aesthetic Concepts

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