Romanticism

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Routledge, Sep 25, 2014 - Literary Criticism - 294 pages
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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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Geoffrey Hartman Romanticism and AntiSelfConsciousness
43
3 Neil Hertz The Notion of Blockage in the Literature of the Sublime
78
Narrative Origins in Wordsworth and Freud
98
Prostitution Personification and The Prelude
113
The Debate on the Character of Christabel
140
Frankenstein and the Circumvention of Maternity
162
8 Marjorie Levinson Introduction to Keatss Life of Allegory
184
9 Jerome Christensen Byrons Sardanapalus and the Triumph of Liberalism
211
Prometheus Unbound
240
Notes on Authors
270
Further Reading
273
Index
280
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Cynthia Chase teaches courses in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell Unviersity, USA.

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