The essays in this volume have all been carefully chosen by Cynthia Chase to exemplify the most important strands in contemporary critical thought on Romantic literature, in particular the best of recent feminist, deconstructive, and new historicist writing. They include contributions from critics such as Paul de Man, Mary Jacobus, Marjorie Levinson and Jerome Christensen. The collection, with its substantial introduction and judicious selection of key work, explains the significance of recent critical debate by relating it to fundamental critical questions that define Romanticism. Through the course of their analyses the essays offer answers to perhaps the most essential question posed by the Romantic period: what is the role of language in history?
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1 Geoffrey Hartman Romanticism and AntiSelfConsciousness
3 Neil Hertz The Notion of Blockage in the Literature of the Sublime
Narrative Origins in Wordsworth and Freud
Prostitution Personification and The Prelude
The Debate on the Character of Christabel
Frankenstein and the Circumvention of Maternity
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