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

Romanticism Writing and Sexual Difference

Essays on The Prelude

Hardcover Published: 7th December 1989
ISBN: 9780198129691
Number Of Pages: 328

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This rereading of Wordworth's The Prelude, in light of post-structuralist and feminist theory, is the first study of the poem from both a Wordsworthian and feminist viewpoint. Through close examination of Romantic autobiography, theatrical politics, and history Jacobus discusses Romantic attitudes towards language, figuration, and voice, analyzing the role of gender in Romantic self-expression and pedagogy. She considers different aspects of the high Romanticism exemplified byThe Prelude, and explores the writing of Burke, Rousseau, Hazlitt, Lamb, and De Quincey in relation to literary influence, New Historicism, and the gender-related aspects of Romantic criticism.

'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 wiuthout 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.' Marlon B. Ross, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Modern Philology 'This tour de force is not so much a book as a collection of position-papers: it is less about Wordsworth than about how he is read in the academy. It is a tour de force in that the reader has the sense of the author performing a series of circus turns - juggling and trapeze acts undertaken in rapid succession by the Deconstructionist, the New Historicist, the Freudian, the Feminist.' Jonathan Bate, University of Liverpool, Review of English Studies, Vol. 43, 9/92 'the essays included in Romanticism, Writing, and Sexual Difference were written over a period of ten years or so, their tenacious concern with decoding 'Wordsworth', against the grain of his own devices, gives this volume an impressive cohesiveness and persuasiveness' Modern Language Review, Vol. 87, Part 2

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: 9780198129691
ISBN-10: 0198129696
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 7th December 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.7  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.54