Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception

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OUP Oxford, Oct 5, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 397 pages
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Reading, Writing, and Romanticism bridges a perceived gulf between materialist and idealist approaches to the reader. Informed by an historical awareness of Romantic hermeneutics and its later developments (as well as by an understanding of the circumstances conditioning the production and consumption of literature in this period), the book explores how readers are imagined, addressed, figured and theorised in Romantic poetry and criticism (1790-1830). Models of canon-formation, intertextuality and reader-response are examined alongside the existence of reading-coteries, the social practices of reading, and reforms in copyright. Consideration is given to the philosophical and ideological influences which bear upon the status of reading at this time, as well as to the educational theories and practices which underpin reading-habits. Non-canonical writers are included, and special attention is given to the emergence of women's poetry - its repercussions for the poetics of reception.
 

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Contents

THE SENSE OF AN AUDIENCE
3
Authorship and the Public Sphere
13
COLERIDGE
49
Reading and Enchantment
75
The Rhetoric of Mystery
85
WORDSWORTH
91
ANNA BARBAULD
134
COMPETITION AND COLLABORATION
173
FEMINIZING THE POETICS OF RECEPTION
224
Barbauld and Jones
248
DEFENCES
263
REPETITION
298
Gender and the Hierarchy of Genres
322
AN AMBIGUOUS
333
Bibliography
372
Index
391

Envy Irony and the Rivalry of Genres
215

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Lucy Newlyn is an Official Fellow and Tutor in English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She is a C.U.F. Lecturer in the English Faculty of Oxford University.

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