Romantic Nationalism, Thomas De Quincey and the Public Debate about the First Opium War, 1839-42

Kitson, Peter (2019) Romantic Nationalism, Thomas De Quincey and the Public Debate about the First Opium War, 1839-42. In: The Politics of Romanticism. Studien zur Englischen Romantik. Studien zur Englischen Romantik, 22 . Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Trier, pp. 141-155. ISBN 978-3-86821-739-2

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Abstract

This essay situates Thomas De Quincey's essay 'On the Opium and the China Question' published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine in June 1840 within the British public debate about the politics of the opium trade with China and the First Opium War. The essay argues that this war was one that involved a series of romantic period literary personalities, including De Quincey, T. B. Macaulay, Samuel Warren, Algernon Thelwall (son of the radical 1790s politician John Thelwall), and John Cam Hobhouse. De Quincey emerges as both an idiosyncratic, though public voice, and as a character, 'the opium eater', that is frequently invoked by participants in the debate.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: opium trade,opium war,romanticism,de quincey
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Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2020 23:57
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/68260
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