Borders of a LIP: Romanticism, Language, History, Politics [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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: 9780791485873
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 396 KB

Meet the Author

Jan Plug is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario, where he also teaches at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Sign of History: Kant and Lyotard, Wordsworth
Ch. 1 "As if" History - Kant, Then and Now 17
Ch. 2 Naming History: Wordsworth 45
Pt. II Bordering the Political: Kleist
Ch. 3 Legal Matter: Der zerbrochne Krug 77
Ch. 4 Borders, Crossings: Die Hermannsschlacht 109
Pt. III The Debts of History: Shelley and Yeats
Ch. 5 Crossing Culture: The Last Man 145
Ch. 6 A Specular Nation: Yeats's Myth of the Irish 169
Threats, Responses: An Afterword 189
Notes 195
Index 225
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