Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism
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Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism

by Alexander Regier
     
 

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What associates fragmentation with Romanticism? In this book, Alexander Regier explains how fracture and fragmentation form a lens through which some central concerns of Romanticism can be analysed in a particularly effective way. These categories also supply a critical framework for a discussion of fundamental issues concerning language and thought in the period.

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What associates fragmentation with Romanticism? In this book, Alexander Regier explains how fracture and fragmentation form a lens through which some central concerns of Romanticism can be analysed in a particularly effective way. These categories also supply a critical framework for a discussion of fundamental issues concerning language and thought in the period. Over the course of the volume, Regier discusses fracture and fragmentation thematically and structurally, offering new readings of Wordsworth, Kant, Burke, Keats, and De Quincey, as well as analysing central intellectual presuppositions of the period. He also highlights Romanticism's importance for contemporary scholarship, especially in the writings of Benjamin and de Man. More generally, Regier's discussion of fragmentation exposes a philosophical problem that lies behind the definition of Romanticism.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The book presents an incisive and resourceful intervention in current critical debates around Romantic culture, and Regier's consistently sophisticated and often illuminating readings repay careful attention as well as detailed critical engagement."
—Review 19

"Fracture and Fragmentation in British Romanticism is clear and persuasive, and provides a fresh way of thinking through the importance of Romanticism then and now."
—The Year's Work in English Studies

"Alexander Regier uses fracture and fragmentation as lenses through which Romanticism can be approached and analysed, so that the result is not only knowledge about Tomanticism but also knowledge about ourselves."
—The European Legacy

"His book argues forcefully for a central paradox in Romantic writing: its frequent articulation of fantasies of plenitude "that turn out to be broken in their origin or hide a fracture at their centre"(p.25)."
—Recent Studies in the Nineteenth Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107411777
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2012
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Romanticism, #81
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
955,184
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Regier is Assistant Professor of English at Rice University.

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