Romantic Aversions: Aftermaths of Classicism in Wordsworth and Coleridge

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 227 pages
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Romanticism is often regarded as a turning point in literary history, the time when writers such as Wordsworth and Coleridge renounced the common legacy of poets and sought to create a new literature. Yet despite their emphasis on originality, genius, and spontaneity, the first-generation Romantics manifest a highly intertextual style that, while repressing certain classical and neoclassical literary conventions, reveals a deep dependence on those same rhetorical practices. Repression results in the symptoms of originality but it inevitably leads to the return of tradition in a different form.
 

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Contents

Wordsworths There Was
11
Coleridges Romantic
28
Wordsworth and the Sympathies
50
To the Autumnal
71
Transport and Persuasion in Longinus
94
Symptom and Scene in Freud and Wordsworth
115
Reading Wordsworth after
135
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University of Western Ontario

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