Borders of a LIP: Romanticism, Language, History, Politics

Borders of a LIP: Romanticism, Language, History, Politics

by Jan Plug
     
 

This book recasts questions about the overlapping boundaries of language, history, and politics that have been at the center of critical and theoretical debates in the study of Romantic literature and thought. While poststructuralism and deconstruction have been accused of privileging language over history, the New Historicism and other historicist and cultural… See more details below

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This book recasts questions about the overlapping boundaries of language, history, and politics that have been at the center of critical and theoretical debates in the study of Romantic literature and thought. While poststructuralism and deconstruction have been accused of privileging language over history, the New Historicism and other historicist and cultural approaches to literature have attempted to restore history’s place in the study of literature. Taking its title from a reading of the word Lippe in Kleist’s Die Hermannsschlacht, Borders of a Lip is drawn to neither of these poles, but instead to their meeting place or coincidence: the site of a border, a political or national boundary, even the boundary that is the political, the lip that is also the place of language. Through readings of Kant, Wordsworth, Kleist, Mary Shelley, Yeats, and Lyotard, the book examines the convergence of language and history that takes place in their work. Instead of placing language and history in absolute opposition, making the border an unbreachable limit, the book explores how crossing these borders (re)defines the political.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791459294
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I. The Sign of History: Kant and Lyotard, Wordsworth

1. "As if" History—Kant, Then and Now

2. Naming History Wordsworth

Part II. Bordering the Political: Kleist

3. Legal Matter: Der zerbrochne Krug

4. Borders, Crossing: Die Hermannsschlacht

Part III. The Debts of History: Shelley and Yeats

5. Crossing Culture: The Last Man

6. A Specular Nation: Yeats's Myth of the Irish

Threats, Responses: An Afterword

Notes

Index

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