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Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity : Cambridge Studies in Romanticism - Andrew Bennett

Romantic Poets and the Culture of Posterity

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9780521641449
Number Of Pages: 288

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This original book examines the way in which the Romantic period's culture of posterity inaugurates a tradition of writing which demands that the poet should write for an audience of the future: the true poet, a figure of neglected genius, can only be properly appreciated after death. Andrew Bennett argues that this involves a radical shift in the conceptualisation of the poet and poetic reception, with wide-ranging implications for the poetry and poetics of the Romantic period. He surveys the contexts for this transformation of the relationship between poet and audience, engaging with issues such as the commercialisation of poetry, the gendering of the canon, and the construction of poetic identity. Bennett goes on to discuss the strangely compelling effects which this new reception theory produces in the work of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Byron, who have come to embody, for posterity, the figure of the Romantic poet.

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List of abbreviations
Writing for the future
The Romantic culture of posterity
Engendering posterity
Wordsworth's survival
Coleridge's conversation
Keats's prescience
Shelley's ghosts
Byron's success
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ISBN: 9780521641449
ISBN-10: 0521641446
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.59