Shelley and the Romantic Imagination: A Psychological Study (Google eBook)

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University of Delaware Press, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 359 pages
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This book is a study of Shelley's poetry at its most "romantic." It uses concepts of Freud and such later psychoanalytic writers as Geza Roheim, Heinz Hartmann, Ernst Kris, and Margaret Mahler, together with comparisons to such authors as Blake, Wordsworth, and Rousseau, to analyze Shelley's imaginings of eros and paradise. Discussing "Alastor," Prometheus Unbound, "The Triumph of Life," and a wide variety of other Shelley writings, the book brings out the cross-currents of anxiety, rage, competitive ambition, and conflicting desires in those imaginings. At the center of his poetic thinking it finds an interplay of aggressive and regressive impulses, and it also develops psychological interpretations of such recurrent motifs in his poetry as the double; the voyage to the source; solitude; visionary and hallucinatory experience; incest; gaps, secrets, and negatives; and the quest for self-knowledge. Above all, while studying Shelley's attraction to the "oceanic feeling" of infancy, the book also emphasizes the importance to him of the mature ego and its shaping of unconscious conflict and fantasy. In general, this book suggests that what is still most moving in Shelley and the Romantics is the power and beauty of the most visionary imaginings.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Texts and Quotations
11
Preface
15
Adams Dream or the Romantic Imagination
23
Magician of the Enlightenment
35
Proteus and Mutability The Alastor Volume
43
The Quest for the Veiled Maid
47
Doubles and Similitudes
60
Prometheus Unbound Act 2
157
Prometheus Unbound Act 3
185
Prometheus Unbound Act 4
203
The Right Road to Paradise
227
A Dream of Life
229
Shelleys Rousseau and Shelleys Dante
257
Imagination and the Heart
272
Imagination and Vision
276

The Sole Self
70
The Voyage to the Source
77
Psychosexual Patterns in Alastor
84
Introduction The Glory of Passivity and the Glory of Action
99
The Revolution of the Golden City
101
Prometheus Unbound The Prometheus Myth
122
Prometheus Unbound Act 1
130
Imagination and Negativity
288
Imagination and SelfKnowledge
293
Notes
301
Works Cited
329
Index
345
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Thomas R. Frosch is a Professor of English at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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