English romantic irony /
Anne K. Mellor.
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1980.
ix, 219 p.
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1980.
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Anne Mellor here offers the conceptual framework for a better understanding of the Romantic writers. Her penetrating study yields new interpretations of Byron, Keats, Carlyle, and Coleridge. The Romantics have been seen as expressing a secularized version of a divinely ordered universe. Mellor emphasizes another strain in Romanicism, one linked to the philosophical skepticism and social turbulence of the age: a conception of the universe as random motion, as a fertile chaos that always throws up new forms.
Table of Contents
Romantic Irony
The Paradigm of Romantic Ironyp. 3
Byron: "Half Dust, Half Deity"p. 31
Keats and the Vale of Soul-Makingp. 77
Carlyle's Sartor Resartus: A Self-Consuming Artifactp. 109
The Perimeters of Romantic Irony
Guilt and Samuel Taylor Coleridgep. 137
Fear and Trembling: From Lewis Carroll to Existentialismp. 165
A Conclusion in Which Nothing Is Concludedp. 185
Notesp. 191
Indexp. 217
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