Georgian Period

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Historical Context Note

In English the adjective generally implies the eighteenth century, for most of which the country was ruled by Georges I-IV, i.e. from 1714 to 1836. Whilst throughout this period there is a degree of unity in neo-classical visual styles which justifies the application of the adjective “Georgian” to architecture and furniture, in literary history the period is not at all unified. Usually it is held to divide into neo-classicism (roughly 1714-1750), sentimentalism (roughly 1750-1780), and romanticism (1780-1820). Such a schema, however, offers only a procrustean framework for thinking about the actual similarities and differences of a period which also sees “the rise of the novel”. “Georgian” is not therefore applied to …

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Editors. "Georgian Period". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 September 2005
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