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Counterfactual Romanticism

Damian Walford Davies


Introducing contingency and that which did not happen as necessary and revealing conditions both of Romanticism itself and of our critical relationship with it, Counterfactual Romanticism explores the affordances of counterfactualism as a heuristic and as an imaginative tool. Innovatively extending counterfactual thought experiments from history and the social sciences to literary historiography and literary criticism and theory, the volume reveals the ways in which the shapes of Romanticism are conditioned by that which did not come to pass. Exploring – and creatively performing – various mod ... More

Keywords: counterfactualism, counterfactual turn, counterfactual imagination, counterfactual Romanticism, Romantic counterfactualism, alternate history, contingency, New Historicism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781784991418
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526107077


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Damian Walford Davies, editor
Cardiff University

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