The Wordsworthian Enlightenment: Romantic Poetry and the Ecology of Reading

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Over the past four decades, Geoffrey Hartman's voice has been one of the most important and profound in contemporary literary theory. Most noted for his scholarship on Wordsworth and Romanticism, Hartman developed throughout his work an original conception of the relationship between literary and critical writing that is still considered a deeply significant contribution to the field.

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Overview

Over the past four decades, Geoffrey Hartman's voice has been one of the most important and profound in contemporary literary theory. Most noted for his scholarship on Wordsworth and Romanticism, Hartman developed throughout his work an original conception of the relationship between literary and critical writing that is still considered a deeply significant contribution to the field.

In The Wordsworthian Enlightenment, the most important contemporary critics of Romantic poetry and trauma reflect on Hartman's work and its lasting influence. This collection of sixteen essays—including a new essay from Hartman—provides a wide-ranging and thorough perspective on recent approaches to Romanticism.

Contributors: Leslie Brisman, Yale University; Gerald L. Bruns, University of Notre Dame; Cathy Caruth, Emory University; Helen Regueiro Elam, University of Albany; Frances Ferguson, University of Chicago; Paul H. Fry, Yale University; Kevis Goodman, University of California at Berkeley; Ortwin de Graef, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium); Robert J. Griffin, Texas A & M University; Geoffrey Hartman, Yale University; J. Douglas Kneale, University of Western Ontario; Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara; Peter J. Manning, Stony Brook University; Donald G. Marshall, Pepperdine University; J. Hillis Miller, University of California at Irvine; Lucy Newlyn, Oxford University; Patricia Parker, Stanford University.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Modern Language Review - Andrew Bennett

An important contribution to contemporary Wordsworth criticism and to Holocaust studies.

BARS Bulletin and Review - Stuart Allen

An unusual collection... Moments of unintentionally comical earnestness even signal the urgent need for the fresh modes of critical thinking that this book does so much to encourage.

South Atlantic Review - Brian McGrath

This very fine collection brings together many significant articles by eminent literary critics and scholars.

Studies in Romanticism - Thomas Pfau

A rich variety of sensitive and highly intelligent interpretive readings of Wordsworth, Romantic and post-Romantic poetics, and literary criticism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801881879
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2005
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Regueiro Elam is an associate professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Frances Ferguson is the George M. Pullman Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Reading : the Wordsworthian enlightenment 29
2 Encrypted sympathy : Wordsworth's infant ideology 45
3 Romantic memory 71
4 Green to the very door? : the natural Wordsworth 97
5 Poetic knowledge : Geoffrey Hartman's romantic poetics 112
6 Wordsworth's horse 129
7 The new historicism and the work of mourning 149
8 Making time for history : Wordsworth, the new historicism, and the apocalyptic fallacy 158
9 Sound government, polymorphic bears : The Winter's Tale and other metamorphoses of eye and ear 172
10 The other scene of travel : Wordsworth's "musings near aquapendente" 191
11 Writing criticism : art, transcendence, and history 212
12 Gentle hearts and hands : reading Wordsworth after Geoffrey Hartman 227
13 "Reading after" : the anxiety of the writing subject 247
14 Daring to go wrong 263
15 Rachel when from the lord 281
16 An interview with Geoffrey Hartman 296
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