Visionary Dreariness: Readings in Romanticism’s Quotidian Sublime undertakes a reconceptualization of the theoretical and experiential framework of the Romantic sublime by shifting the focus from Burke’s and Kant’s prescriptions of natural vastness and grandeur to the narrower but no less wondrous spaces, objects and experiences of everyday life. This shift is defined as a descent from mountaintops to an encounter, in William Blake’s terms, with 'a World in a Grain of Sand.' The purpose of this book is to sift the literature of the Romantic everyday, both prose and poetry, canonical and noncanonical, for such grains. In order to define the inherently amorphous and subsumptive sphere called 'everyday life,' the author draws upon two main theoretical threads: the first, based on the phenomenological poetics of Gaston Bachelard, serves to elucidate the depth and diversity of everyday household space; the second, comprising the work of Henri Lefebvre and Michel de Certeau, defines the generative potential, what de Certeau glosses as the 'everyday creativity,' of some of the most basic human activities such as walking, reading and washing, to name but a few. The role of the everyday in Romantic literature has in recent years received greater scholarly attention, particularly from critics dissatisfied with the perpetuation of what Karina Williamson characterizes as a 'debased Romanticism which rules there is a category of experience and expression which is poetic and all the rest is ordinary and inadmissible.' The present study serves to map the intersections of these categories of experience and expression—the sublime and the quotidian—and thereby to challenge our assumptions about the aesthetic value of the everyday not only in the Romantic period but also in our own.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-09-13 - Publisher: Routledge
Visionary Dreariness: Readings in Romanticism’s Quotidian Sublime undertakes a reconceptualization of the theoretical and experiential framework of the Romantic sublime by shifting the focus from Burke’s and Kant’s prescriptions of natural vastness and grandeur to the narrower but no less wondrous spaces, objects and experiences of everyday life. This shift
Type: BOOK - Published: 1971 - Publisher: Cornell University Press
Discusses the works of William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, John Clare, George Darley, and others.
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-01-01 - Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Poet Laureate of England from 1843 until his death in 1850, William Wordsworth is often credited as being one of the founders of English Romanticism. Indeed, the 1798 joint publication of Wordsworth's and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads marked a turnin
Type: BOOK - Published: 2007-01-01 - Publisher: Humanities-Ebooks
First published in 1959 by Chatto & Windus, this much-cited book throws light on the intellectual organization of Coleridge's poetry and the imaginative qualities implicit in his philosophy. John Beer's treatment of the visionary Coleridge is at the same.
Type: BOOK - Published: 1993-01-01 - Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Although criticism on the medieval and Renaissance dream abounds, a strange lacuna exists in the critical literature of dream in the English Romantics. Every major Romantic poet relied frequently and explicitly on dream imagery, and Romantic poems conduct a long discussion about the meaning, power, value, and provenance of dreams.