I would offer another set of prospects here and suggest that the problem may not be entirely with Coleridge but with categories and contexts. Partly this may be a problem in reading influences and associations as ideological categories. Partly, this has been a consequence of the difficulty in considering the meaning of Enlightenment in the long eighteenth century---arguably longer in Britain than it was on the Continent. Coleridge is a particularly useful window the crisis of reform because in terms of his networks and connections he was effectively a human doorway: he knew everyone, he read everything and he went everywhere. From Bristol to London, from Gottingen to Bala, from Malta to Naples, Coleridge read and talked and argued his way through a variety of enlightenments. Through his continental experience, he reflected the Scottish Enlightenment principles back to England through a German lens. This paper will consider the degree to which that experience clarifies the varieties of enlightenment question or considers the genesis of an intrinsically British historicism.
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