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Romanticism, Writing, and Sexual Difference : Essays on The Prelude - Mary Jacobus

Romanticism, Writing, and Sexual Difference

Essays on The Prelude

Paperback Published: 17th November 1994
ISBN: 9780198183303
Number Of Pages: 296

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A re-reading of The Prelude in the light of poststructuralist and feminist theory, this highly praised work is the first major study of the poem by an author distinguished as both Wordsworthian and feminist critic. Beginning with Romantic autobiography, theatrical politics, and history, the book moves by way of Romantic attitudes to language, figuration and voice to consider the role of gender in Romantic self-representation and pedagogy. Besides investigating different aspects of the high Romanticism exemplified by The prelude, individual chapters explore writing by Burke, Rousseau, Hazlitt, Lamb, and De Quincey, while engaging with topics such as literary influence, New Historicism, or the gender-related aspects of Romantic criticism. Romanticism, Writing, and Sexual Difference is an important contribution not only to Wordsworth studies, but to current theoretical debates on both sides of the Atlantic as they bear on the history and politics (including sexual politics) of Romanticism itself. 'given that we are at a breaking point in "romantic" studies, it is difficult to know how to give a book like this the kind of praise it deserves without returning to those very "Romantic" tropes which are put at risk by the book itself. Readers interested in Romanticism, writing, or sexual difference will simply have to read the book for themselves to determine how best to rearticulate the terms of praise.' Modern Philology 'a lively and stimulating book' Times Higher Education Supplement.

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`lively and stimulating book' Times Literary Supplement

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of Abbreviationsp. xv
Romanticismp. 1
the Writing on the Wall Autobiography and Self-Inscription in the Preludep. 3
'that Great Stage Where Senators Perform' Macbeth and the Politics of Romantic Theatrep. 33
Geometric Science and Romantic History Or: Wordsworth, Newton, and the Slave-Tradep. 69
Writingp. 95
Wordsworth and the Language of the Dreamp. 97
the Art of Managing Books Romantic Prose and the Writing of the Past*p. 126
'Dithyrambic Fervour' the Lyric Voice of the Prelude*p. 159
Sexual Differencep. 185
Genre, Gender, and Autobiographyp. 187
'splitting the Race of Man in Twain' Prostitution, Personification, and the Preludep. 206
'Behold the Parent Hen': Romantic Pedagogy and Sexual Differencep. 237
Afterword Romantic Analogy; Or, What the Moon Sawp. 267
Appendix: 'Even Yet Thou Wilt Vouchsafe an Ear' (the 'Analogy' Passage from Ms W of the Prelude)p. 295
Select Bibliographyp. 299
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780198183303
ISBN-10: 0198183305
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 17th November 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.43

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