Review: Reinventing Liberty by Fiona Price
Review of English Studies
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In recent years, large-scale digitization projects have allowed scholars access to a wider range of texts without having to travel to archives. This accessibility has begun to reshape literary history in turn. Big data projects involving vast corpora of texts can help us to visualize patterns and trends in the development of genres and national traditions, while keyword searching creates new pathways into the archive. Another type of literary history, though, takes advantage of the ease of access to digital texts while retaining more traditional tools of literary studies such as close reading and historical contextualization. In one such study, Reinventing Liberty: Nation, Commerce and the Historical Novel from Walpole to Scott, Fiona Price surveys a broad array of Romantic-era novels to provide a new appreciation for their richness and complexity.
Stevens, A. H.
Review: Reinventing Liberty by Fiona Price.
Review of English Studies, 68(283),