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The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature
     

The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature

by Damian Walford Davies (Contribution by), Richard Marggraf-Turley (Contribution by), Harriet Devine Jump (Contribution by), Lisa M. Steinman (Contribution by), John Beer (Contribution by)
 

The authors in this collection join an animated debate on the persistence of Romanticism. Even as dominant twentieth-century cultural movements have contested Romantic "myths" of redemptive Nature, individualism, perfectibility, the transcendence of art, and the heart’s affections, the Romantic legacy survives as a point of tension and of

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The authors in this collection join an animated debate on the persistence of Romanticism. Even as dominant twentieth-century cultural movements have contested Romantic "myths" of redemptive Nature, individualism, perfectibility, the transcendence of art, and the heart’s affections, the Romantic legacy survives as a point of tension and of inspiration for modern writers. Rejecting the Bloomian notion of anxious revisionism, The Monstrous Debt argues that various kinds of influences, inheritances, and indebtedness exist between well-known twentieth-century authors and canonical Romantic writers.

Among the questions asked by this volume are: How does Blake’s graphic mythology submit to "redemptive translations" in the work of Dylan Thomas? How might Ted Hughes’s strong readings of a "snaky" Coleridge illuminate the "mercurial" poetic identity of Sylvia Plath? How does Shelley "sustain" the work of W. B. Yeats and Elizabeth Bishop with supplies of "imaginative oxygen"? In what ways does Keats enable Bob Dylan to embrace influence? How does Keats prove inadequate for Tony Harrison as he confronts contemporary violence? How does "cockney" Romanticism succeed in shocking John Betjeman’s poetry out of kitsch into something new and strange?

The Monstrous Debt seeks to broaden our sense of what "influence" is by defining the complex of relations that contribute to the making of the modern literary text. Scholars and students of the Romantic era will enjoy this informative volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814330586
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Damian Walford Davies and Richard Marggraf Turley are co-directors of the Centre for Romantic Studies at University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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