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Chapter 1 Romanticism and the re-engendering of historical memory Greg Kucich History and memory intersect in various, complicated ways throughout the nineteenth century, especially in the rise of autobiographical discourses, but I wish to distinguish a particularly volatile, gendered form of this intersection. 1 The ‘desire’ for this kind of historical memory, as Stephen Bann terms it in his recent book on Romantic historiography,2 emerged around the turn of the nineteenth century as an intense compulsion, shared across multiple class and national boundaries, that pervaded European academic institutions, literary discourses, philosophical circles, scientific inquiry, antiquarian societies, the visual arts, architecture, museum culture, public theatre and spectacle.
5 To extend our reappraisals of Romantic writing, politics, and gender into this field of historical revisionism is thus to widen considerably our maps of alternative Romanticisms and the gender negotiations that stretch the limits of traditional Romanticism. As a step toward that goal, I will first sketch the general contours of a sustained effort among the period’s women writers to re-engender models of history, memory, and community. 6 Our neglect of the revisionary gendering of history among women Romantic era writers is probably owing to the general absence of gender considerations in much of the most important theoretical work on the interrelation of Romantic historicism, memory, and politics.
22 Personalized narratives of this sort do not foster historical memories of political origin or providential truth; and they do not imagine communities exclusively comprised of oppressed women. 23 Catharine Macaulay exploits the full political implications of this kind of personalized historicism in her controversial History of England (1764–83). 27 This interiorized approach to history specifically focuses on the heartfelt sorrows of those individuals— men and women, famous and little known—who have been victimized by the crush of events beyond their control.