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The monstrous debt : modalities of romantic influence in twentieth-century literature /
edited by Damian Walford Davies, Richard Marggraf Turley ; with a foreword by Lucy Newlyn.
Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2006.
xv, 247 p. : ill.
0814330584 (alk. paper)
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Detroit, Mich. : Wayne State University Press, c2006.
0814330584 (alk. paper)
contents note
"In the path of Blake" : Dylan Thomas's "Altarwise by owl-light" / Damian Walford Davies -- "One cry for justice" : Virginia Woolf reads Mary Wollstonecraft / Harriet Devine Jump -- Power and hiding places : Wordsworth and Seamus Heaney / Hugh Haughton -- "Beauty, resonance, integrity" : creative rereadings of Wordsworth in twentieth-century American poetry / Lisa M. Steinman -- Coleridge, Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Plath : mythology and identity / John Beer -- "The all-sustaining air" : Yeats, Stevens, Rich, Bishop - responses to romantic poetry / Michael O'Neill -- John Keats and Tony Harrison : the burden of history / John Whale -- "Johnny's in the basement" : Keats, Bob Dylan, and the end of influence / Richard Marggraf Turley -- "Love's the burning boy" : Hemans's critical legacy / Emma Mason -- Overcoming kitsch : thoughts on linguistic and class resource from Keats to Betjeman / John Bayley.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2007-04-01:
The "debt" of the title refers to the influence of Romantic literature on modern poets: each essay looks at what influence means and how it functions. In the main eschewing the weight of Harold Bloom's The Anxiety of Influence (CH, Sep'73; 2nd ed., 1997), the contributors side with Christopher Ricks's view of influence (articulated in Allusion to the Poets, CH, Apr'03, 40-4481)--the nature of the debate having been framed by Davies and Turley (both, Univ. of Wales, Aberystwyth) in their introduction. The subjects of the essays range from specific (Dylan Thomas, Blake) to inclusive (Michael O'Neill contributes "'The All-Sustaining Air': Yeats, Stevens, Rich, Bishop--Responses to Romantic Poetry"), from major poets to the less canonical (Bob Dylan, Felicia Hemans). All ten essays are insightful and valuable, but this reviewer's favorite was "Coleridge, Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Plath: Mythology and Identity," by the always estimable John Beer, with Hugh Haughton's "Power and Hiding Places: Wordsworth and Seamus Heaney" and John Whale's "John Keats and Tony Harrison: The Burden of History" close seconds. This collection demonstrates the depth that a literate, sharply focused brief essay can reach. All the essays are accessible, requiring no sophisticated knowledge of "influence theory" or the authors discussed. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. B. E. McCarthy emeritus, College of the Holy Cross
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Main Description
The authors in this collection join an animated debate on the persistence of Romanticism. Even as dominant twentieth-century cultural movements have contested Romantic "myths" of redemptive Nature, individualism, perfectibility, the transcendence of art, and the heart's affections, the Romantic legacy survives as a point of tension and of inspiration for modern writers. Rejecting the Bloomian notion of anxious revisionism, The Monstrous Debt argues that various kinds of influences, inheritances, and indebtedness exist between well-known twentieth-century authors and canonical Romantic writers. Among the questions asked by this volume are: How does Blake's graphic mythology submit to "redemptive translations" in the work of Dylan Thomas? How might Ted Hughes's strong readings of a "snaky" Coleridge illuminate the "mercurial" poetic identity of Sylvia Plath? How does Shelley "sustain" the work of W. B. Yeats and Elizabeth Bishop with supplies of "imaginative oxygen"? In what ways does Keats enable Bob Dylan to embrace influence? How does Keats prove inadequate for Tony Harrison as he confronts contemporary violence? How does "cockney" Romanticism succeed in shocking John Betjeman's poetry out of kitsch into something new and strange? The Monstrous Debt seeks to broaden our sense of what "influence" is by defining the complex of relations that contribute to the making of the modern literary text. Scholars and students of the Romantic era will enjoy this informative volume.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
"In the Path of Blake": Dylan Thomas's "Altarwise by Owl-Light"p. 11
"One Cry for Justice": Virginia Woolf Reads Mary Wollstonecraftp. 41
Power and Hiding Places: Wordsworth and Seamus Heaneyp. 61
"Beauty, Resonance, Integrity": Creative Rereadings of Wordsworth in Twentieth-Century American Poetryp. 101
Coleridge, Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Plath: Mythology and Identityp. 123
"The All-Sustaining Air": Yeats, Stevens, Rich, Bishop-Responses to Romantic Poetryp. 143
John Keats and Tony Harrison: The Burden of Historyp. 163
"Johnny's in the Basement": Keats, Bob Dylan, and the End of Influencep. 181
"Love's the burning boy": Hemans's Critical Legacyp. 205
Overcoming Kitsch: Thoughts on Linguistic and Class Resource from Keats to Betjemanp. 225
Contributorsp. 233
Indexp. 237
Creditsp. 245
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