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Often identified with its lyric poetry, Romanticism has come to be dismissed by historicists as an ineffectual idealism. By focusing on Romantic narrative, noted humanist Tilottama Rajan takes issue with this identification, as well as with the equation of narrative itself with the governmental apparatus of the Novel. Exploring the role of narrativity in the works of Romantic writers, Rajan also reflects on larger disciplinary issues such as the role of poetry versus prose in an emergent modernity and the place of Romanticism itself in a Victorianized nineteenth century. While engaging both genres, Romantic Narrative responds to the current critical shift from poetry to prose by concentrating, paradoxically, on a poetics of narrative in Romantic prose fiction. Rajan argues that poiesis, as a mode of thinking, is Romanticism’s legacy to an age of prose. She elucidates this thesis through careful readings of Shelley’s Alastor and his Gothic novels, Godwin’s Caleb Williams and St. Leon, Hays’ Memoirs of Emma Courtney, and Wollstonecraft’s The Wrongs of Woman. Rajan, winner of the Keats-Shelley Association's Distinguished Lifetime Award and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is one of Romanticism’s leading scholars. Effective, articulate, and readable, Romantic Narrative will appeal to scholars in both nineteenth-century studies and narrative theory.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Dedication
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xi-xxv
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. p. xxvii
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  1. 1 The Trauma of Lyric: Shelley’s Missed Encounter with Poetry in Alastor
  2. pp. 1-45
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  1. 2 Shelley’s Promethean Narratives: Gothic Anamorphoses in Zastrozzi, St. Irvyne, and Prometheus Unbound
  2. pp. 46-81
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  1. 3 Unbinding the Personal: Autonarration, Epistolarity, and Genotext in Mary Hays’s Memoirs of Emma Courtney
  2. pp. 82-116
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  1. 4 The Scene of Judgment: Trial and Confession in Godwin’s Caleb Williams and Other Fiction
  2. pp. 117-143
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  1. 5 Gambling, Alchemy, Speculation: Godwin’s Critique of Pure Reason in St. Leon
  2. pp. 144-173
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  1. 6 Whose Text? Godwin’s Editing of Mary Wollstonecraft’s The Wrongs of Woman
  2. pp. 174-213
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 215-255
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 257-274
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 275-282
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780801899218
Related ISBN
9780801897214
MARC Record
OCLC
794700395
Pages
312
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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