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The “Romantic Age” in British literature has been variously defined as beginning in 1798, 1789, 1770, or 1750, and ending in 1830, 1832, 1837, or 1850. While critics disagree about the exact historical boundaries of British Romanticism, most agree that political, social, philosophical and cultural changes at the end of the eighteenth century coincided with and/or brought about changes in literary forms and values. Our examination of Romanticism in Britain will focus on significant historical, cultural and literary trends that combine to produce multiple and competing versions of “Romanticisms.”

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