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The Ethics of Romanticism - Laurence S. Lockridge

The Ethics of Romanticism

Hardcover Published: 8th April 2004
ISBN: 9780521352567
Number Of Pages: 512

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In The Ethics of Romanticism Laurence Lockridge vigorously revives ethical criticism and at the same time brings to light the Romantics' profound engagement with ethical questions. He argues that a will to value is the pervasive motive of Romantic writers from Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge and De Quincey to Shelley, Hazlitt, Keats and Byron. They articulate a compelling ethics that has had a significant influence on modern thought. Yet its character has never before been systematically explored within the larger contexts of European thought. Lockridge argues that a focus on the ethical dimension of literature is the single most powerful strategy for structuring a writer's work as a whole, and that it can even prove congenial. He gives original, interrelated readings of the eight major British Romantic writers. In discussing the place of ethical criticism in modern letters, he qualifies or refutes opposing views - conservative, Marxist, and deconstructive. His book gives strong evidence of one direction criticism might fruitfully take in future years.

Acknowledgments
Editions and abbreviations
Introduction
The Will to Value
In pursuit of the ethical
British Romanticism, Coleridge, and European moral traditions
Agent, Power, Scene
Blake: the poetry of violence
The tragic Wordsworth
De Quincey and Romantic decadence
The Pressure of Reality
Shelley and the poetry of life
Hazlitt: common sense of a dissenter
Keats and the ethics of immanence
Byron: the world as glorious blunder
The ethical bearing of literature
Select biblilography
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ISBN: 9780521352567
ISBN-10: 0521352568
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 8th April 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.92