Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-6

Contents

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pp. viii-7

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

...gratitude for the generosities I?ve received, though it?s my great Over many years, this book developed with support from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, as well as with timely grant and leave sup-port from Loyola University Chicago. Loyola has given me a community of scholars and students without whom this book would never have been ...

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1. Introduction: "Lake Methodism" and the Lows of High Argument

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pp. 1-32

...he title of this book, Lake Methodism, is doubled, bearing an argu-first claim: although religion has been an underutilized concept in Romantic studies, recently it has been emerging as one of the most power-ful lenses for focusing late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Brit-ish literature. We are beginning to appreciate how, against intellectually ...

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2. "Elocution to the Mute:" Anglican Authority and the Cultural Revolt of Methodism

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pp. 33-76

Coleridge answers, when, in the midst of the chilly restlessness sweet birth-place, and the old church-tower, / Whose bells, the poor man?s only music, rang / From morn to evening? (28?30). The intimate nostal-gia for these ?bells? is an inward turn in an already tortuously introspec-tive poem?but it?s also a fleetingly public glimpse of cultural forms that ...

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3. Wordsworth and the Ragged Legion: Poets, Priests, and Preachers

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pp. 77-111

...private, if not exactly secret. For Wordsworth?s biographers, his self-silencing remains ?one of the most puzzling phenomena . . . of liter-ary history,? though there?s been no shortage of explanations.1 Perhaps The Prelude was a welcome, lifelong distraction from the enduring fail-ure of The Recluse; belated publication in 1850 was certainly meant as ...

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4. Sage or Sibyl?: A Lay Sermon

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pp. 112-149

...he Regency judged the Lay Sermons by their covers, or, at least, their titles, and I?d like to read this superficiality as the texture of know the depths of both Sermons well enough?so well, I think, that we?ve come to mistake what matters most about them. Containing some of Coleridge?s most arcane thoughts on continental philosophy, Trinitar-...

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5. Joanna Southcott's Body, and the Posthumous Life of Romantic Prophecy

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pp. 150-183

...the age of sixty-five mistook a fatal dropsy for a divinely authored preg-nancy (and so captivated a nation), Southcott was interred by the Times in December 1814 with a sigh of palpable, and typical, relief: ?the scandal-ous delusion which has for several months disgraced the metropolis, and even the character of the times we live in, is now at an end.?1 Twelve days ...

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6. Resurrection, the New Birth, and Vital Christianity: The Methodism to Frankenstein's Madness

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pp. 184-224

...oanna Southcott brings us close to Victor Frankenstein, while seeming to take us very far afield. Intimacy appears in inversion, as Romanti-cism?s most famous pregnancy without a birth, and birth without a pregnancy, each feature their own hysteric bodies, putrescent corpses, and reanimations performed not at all, or only too well: both hideous prog-...

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Postscript

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pp. 225-228

...his book began, years ago, where it ends now. I was just starting my dissertation, fired by an etymological curiosity: ?enthusiasm? didn?t mean for Mary Shelley what it did for me. She meant it as many people still did in 1818: not our modern ?emotional exuberance,? but the older ?religious delusion,? an ?imposture of divine inspiration,? a ...

Works Cited

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pp. 229-245

Index

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pp. 247-251

About the Series, Other Works in the Series, Back Cover

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pp. 252-261