Romantic Consciousness: Blake to Mary Shelley

Romantic Consciousness: Blake to Mary Shelley

by J. Beer


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Romantic Consciousness: Blake to Mary Shelley by J. Beer

Revolutionary thinking at the end of the Eighteenth century prompted major English writers to probe the riddle of human consciousness and the ways in which it might differ from 'Being' in a divine or universal sense. In the first of two studies, John Beer traces this question in writings by Blake, Coleridge and Wordsworth, and the impact of their ideas on successors such as Keats, De Quincey, Byron and the Shelleys. Relevance to later figures such as the Cambridge Apostles and Tennyson is also discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403903242
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/22/2004
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

John Beer is Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Peterhouse. His work on Romanticism includes Coleridge the Visionary, Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence, Blake's Humanism, Blake's Visionary Universe, Wordsworth and the Human Heart, Wordsworth in Time, Questioning Romanticism (ed.), Romantic Influences and Providence and Love .He has edited Coleridge's Poems for Everyman's Library, his Aids to Reflection for the Collected Works and is General Editor of the series Coleridge's Writings .

Table of Contents

Foreword Consciousness and the Mystery of Being Blakes Fear of Non-Entity Coleridge, Wordsworth and 'Unknown Modes of Being' Keats and the Highgate Nightingales De Quincey and the Dark Sublime Tennyson, the Cambridge Apostles and the Nature of 'Reality' Shelley and Byron: Polarities of Being Mary Shelley's Mediation Appendix: Wordsworth's Later Sense of Being Abbreviations Index

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