Five Questions: Ian Haywood on Romanticism and Caricature

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Romanticism and Caricature - Ian Haywood

Ian Haywood is Professor of English at the University of Roehampton and co-directs Roehampton’s Centre for Research in Romanticism. He has published widely on literature, history and politics from the late eighteenth to the mid nineteenth century, focussing particularly on radicalism, revolution, popular literature and visual culture. He is currently serving as Vice-President of BARS and previously co-organised the association’s eleventh International Conference, Romantic Circulations. In this interview, we discuss his latest book, Romanticism and Caricature, which was published by Cambridge University Press last October.

1) How did you come to decide that this was the next book you wanted to write?

In my last two books, The Revolution in Popular Literature (2004) and Bloody Romanticism (2006) I had gravitated towards using popular visual images as a primary rather than a secondary source. I began to appreciate some very obvious points about popular prints: they were the nearest thing to a visual …read more