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Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work
     

Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts: Typographic Inscription, Ekphrasis and Posterity in the Later Work

by Peter Simonsen
 

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Did Wordsworth really become a poorer poet after 1807, as most readers since the Victorians have maintained? Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts reopens this central question, and is the first critical study to give serious and sustained attention to two central aspects of the poet's later work: his ekphrastic writings about visual art, and his increased awareness of

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Did Wordsworth really become a poorer poet after 1807, as most readers since the Victorians have maintained? Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts reopens this central question, and is the first critical study to give serious and sustained attention to two central aspects of the poet's later work: his ekphrastic writings about visual art, and his increased awareness of the printed dimension of his work. Using insights from the developing fields of interart studies in ekphrasis and textual criticism, Peter Simonsen argues that these aspects reveal Wordsworth as a much more interesting - because much more enduringly active - artist than is commonly thought. By calling attention to what is uniquely exciting about the later Wordsworth, and by arguing that this complicates traditional understandings of the poet based on his so-called Great Decade, Wordsworth and Word-Preserving Arts proposes a fundamental revaluation not only of the central poet of British Romanticism, but of the entire literary movement.

About the Author:
Peter Simonsen is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Southern Denmark

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'Through sustained passages of subtle and often illuminating close textual reading, the visual and material nature of the later Wordsworth's ekphrastic and inscriptional poetry is disclosed.' - Francesca Cauchi, Philosophy Quarterly

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ISBN-13:
9780230590731
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
07/31/2007
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

PETER SIMONSEN received his PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Southern Denmark.

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