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Romantic Poetry: Recent Revisionary Criticism / Edition 1

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Overview

This anthology fills the need for a comprehensive, up-to-date collection of the most important contemporary writings on the English romantic poets. During the 1980s, many theoretical innovations in literary study swept academic criticism. Many of these approaches--from deconstructive, new historicist, and feminist perspectives--used romantic texts as primary examples and altered radically the ways in which we read. Other major changes have occurred in textual studies, dramatically transforming the works of these poets. The world of English romantic poetry has certainly changed, and Romantic Poetry keeps pace with those changes.

Karl Kroeber and Gene W. Ruoff have organized the book by poet--Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelly, and Keats--and have included essays representative of key critical approaches to each poet's work. In addition to their excellent general introduction, the editors have provided brief, helpful forewords to each essay, showing how it reflects current approaches to its subject. The book also has an extensive bibliography sure to serve as an important research aid. Students on all levels will find this book invaluable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813520100
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction 1
Backgrounds 5
Romanticism in England 7
Field, Constellation, and Aesthetic Object 15
The I Altered 38
The Romantic Emergence: Multiplication of Alternatives and the Problem of Systematic Entrapment 44
William Blake 61
William Blake, Illuminated Books, and the Concept of Difference 63
Blake's "London" 88
Desire Gratified and Ungratified: William Blake and Sexuality 102
William Wordsworth 121
The Politics of "Tintern Abbey" 123
The Economy of Lyric: The Ruined Cottage 139
Figuring Class, Sex, and Gender: What Is the Subject of Wordsworth's "Gipsies"? 154
Bounding Lines: The Prelude and Critical Revision 173
"Splitting the Race of Man in Twain": Prostitution, Personification, and The Prelude 179
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 187
The Politics of "Frost at Midnight" 189
Literary Gentlemen and Lovely Ladies: The Debate on the Character of Christabel 204
Word and "Languageless" Meanings: Limits of Expression in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 221
Romantic Lyric and the Problem of Belief 240
Lord Byron 251
Shipwreck and Skepticism: Don Juan Canto II 253
"Their She Condition": Cross-Dressing and the Politics of Gender in Don Juan 267
Setting Byron Straight: Class, Sexuality, and the Poet 290
The Nameless Broken Dandy and the Structure of Authorship 300
Percy Bysshe Shelley 315
Shelley as Athanase 317
Shelley's Mont Blanc: What the Mountain Said 335
Rhyme and the Arbitrariness of Language 345
The Broken Mirror: The Identity of the Text in Shelley's Triumph of Life 352
Shelley's "Defence of Poetry" 366
John Keats 371
Romance as Wish-Fulfillment: The Eve of St. Agnes 373
Keats and the Canon 386
Poetics and the Politics of Reception: Keats's "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" 400
Poem and Ideology: A Study of Keats's "To Autumn" 421
Keats and the Historical Method in Literary Criticism 439
History, Existence, and "To Autumn" 465
Selective Bibliography of Criticism 473
Index 493
Notes on Contributors 503
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