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By M. Schoenfield

Co-winner of the Robert Colby Scholarly booklet Prize for 2009!!When Lord Byron pointed out the periodical because the “Literary reduce Empire,” he registered the cultural clout that periodicals had collected via positioning themselves as either the essential purveyors of clinical, financial, and social info and the arbiters of literary and creative style. British Periodicals and Romantic id explores how periodicals equivalent to the Edinburgh, Blackwood’s, and the Westminster grew to become the repositories and creators of “public opinion.”  moreover, Schoenfield examines how specific figures, either in and out the editorial equipment of the experiences and magazines, negotiated this public and speedily professionalized house. starting from Lord Byron, whose self-identification as lord and poet expected his public photograph within the periodicals, to William Hazlitt, both journalist and topic of the reports, this enticing research explores either canonical figures and canon makers within the periodicals and positions them as a centralizing strength within the consolidation of Romantic print tradition.

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Hazlitt maintains that Wordsworth’s defensive reaction conforms to general human nature: We exaggerate our own merits when they are denied by others, and are apt to grudge and cavil at every particle of praise bestowed on those to whom we feel a conscious superiority. In mere self-defence we turn against the world when it turns against us, brood over the undeserved slights we receive; and thus the genial current of the soul is stopped, or vents itself in effusions of petulance and self-conceit.

Blackwood’s challenges the Edinburgh’s “Wordsworth” for whom “Long habits of seclusion, and an excessive ambition of originality” have resulted in the failure to engage “the collision of equal minds” that the “full current of society,” urban and periodical culture, would have permitted him (ER XXVI:1–2). Although Higgins focuses on the discordance between Blackwood’s development of Wordsworth’s genius and the poet’s self-perception, he also demonstrates Maga’s manipulation of Wordsworth’s persona to engage its rivalry with the Edinburgh; Blackwood’s exploits Wordsworth’s identity and his antagonism with Francis Jeffrey to develop its corporate character.

Like De Quincey, Hazlitt resorts to the industrial imagery of the machine, juxtaposed to the dream, to understand the Skirmishes in the Low er Empire 33 formative power of periodical reproduction on the individual identity of the celebrity. The celebrity abandons “[t]his sort of dreaming existence” in “search of realities”: “He is a tool, a part of a machine that never stands still, and is sick and giddy with the ceaseless motion. He has no satisfaction but in the reflection of his own image in the public gaze, but in the repetition of his own name in the public ear” (Table Talk 92–3).

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