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Talking RevolutionEdward Rushton's Rebellious Poetics, 1782-1814$
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Franca Dellarosa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381441

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381441.001.0001

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Rushton Edward, Bookseller, 56 Paradise Street

Rushton Edward, Bookseller, 56 Paradise Street

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(p.1) Introduction Rushton Edward, Bookseller, 56 Paradise Street
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Talking Revolution
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Rushton Edward

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781781381441.003.0010

This section identifies the book’s domain and key concerns, responding to the remarkable complexity of the Edward Rushton’s personal, political and aesthetic stance, with a view to a thoroughgoing critical re-evaluation. Rushton’s eventful biography is reconstructed on the basis of available sources, which help delineate the terms of the writer’s political commitment in the Age of Revolution, no less than his intellectual and artistic understanding. The current debate on labouring class poetry offers an appropriate framework to introduce the book’s rationale, i.e. the investigation of the writer’s extreme consistency in the conjunction of the aesthetic and ideological. The writer’s rebellious poetics entailed the consistent advocacy of those in the margins – whose voices are seldom, if ever, heard – and was deployed through experimenting with various poetic forms, whether it be the Gothic ballad that gives voice to a forsaken woman’s ghost, or the ‘anti-pastoral’ set in the Caribbean, or the celebration of the Haitian Revolution in its leader’s own voice. A discussion of the book structure, with its partition into two main sections, dedicated to investigating Rushton’s ‘Local’ and ‘Global Radicalism’, announces the book’s attempt to embrace the full range of Rushton’s personal, political, and aesthetic insight.

Keywords:   Edward Rushton, labouring class poetry, rebellious poetics, global radicalism, biography, Age of Revolution

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