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Feeling anti-Jacobinism: Enlisting the Emotions in the Fiction of the British “War of Ideas”, 1790-1805

A public lecture by Professor Matthew Grenby (Newcastle University, UK).

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 Image: 'The blessing of peace, the curses of war' by James Gillray, 1795
© National Portrait Gallery, London.

Date:  Friday 21 February 2014
Time: 1.00pm
Venue:
Stretton Room, Level 4 Napier Building, The University of Adelaide
Enquiries:
Janet Hart, Tel: 08 8313 2421
Presenter: Professor Matthew Grenby, Newcastle University, UK

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Abstract: The French Revolution polarised political opinion in Britain. Debate raged in tracts, pamphlets, sermons, songs, plays, novels and even children’s books. Authors deployed a wide range of techniques to support their positions, from reasoned argument to passionate polemic. In this talk, M. O. Grenby will focus on one side of this ‘war of ideas’ - the conservative or ‘anti-Jacobin’ campaign – and one on particular medium - fiction. He will be investigating how the emotions were enlisted in conservative novels, pamphlets and children’s books – as an effective instrument of propaganda, but also as an important part of the ideology of anti-Jacobinism.