Monstrous society : reciprocity, discipline, and the political uncanny, c. 1780-1848 /
David Collings.
Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, c2009.
332 p.
0838757200 (alk. paper), 9780838757208 (alk. paper)
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Lewisburg : Bucknell University Press, c2009.
0838757200 (alk. paper)
9780838757208 (alk. paper)
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Reversibility and the crowd in early modern England -- The monstrous crowds and mysterious incorporations of Edmund Burke -- Society without reciprocity: the auto-icon of Jeremy Bentham -- The ghost of revolution: the politics of the uncanny in The monk -- Discipline of disaster: the cancellation of reciprocity in T. R. Malthus -- Monstrous "man": impasses of social mastery in Frankenstein -- The politics of reciprocity: transformations of counterpower at the end of early modern England.
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Also author of Wordsworthian Errancies: The Poetics of Cultural Dismemberment (1994), Collings (Bowdoin College) provides an expansive study of "the reversible common body" of 18th-century England as found in both "popular practice" and "discourse." His goal is to "make possible a genuinely historical reading of the end of early modern England." Although the author grounds his premise in a great deal of knowledge of the period, he infuses the book with too many forms of cultural theory. This overly varied theoretical perspective, along with turgid prose, makes the argument difficult to follow. The first chapter deals with "reversibility and the crowd," another way of thinking about the social contract. Chapter 2 applies the idea of reversibility to the work of Edmund Burke. From there the focus of the book turns to the idea of "monstrosity" and "the uncanny" in Jeremy Bentham, Matthew Lewis, and Mary Shelley. Collings concludes with a more interesting, "genuinely historical" chapter in which he attempts to bring it all together. This is difficult reading, suited only to specialists. Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers and faculty. M. Cole Alfred State College
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Introductionp. 11
Reversibility and the Crowd in Early Modern Englandp. 26
The Monstrous Crowds and Mysterious Incorporations of Edmund Burkep. 59
Society without Reciprocity: The Auto-Icon of Jeremy Benthamp. 95
The Ghost of Revolution: The Politics of the Uncanny in The Monkp. 131
Discipline of Disaster: The Cancellation of Reciprocity in T. R. Malthusp. 161
Monstrous "Man": Impasses of Social Mastery in Frankensteinp. 193
The Politics of Reciprocity: Transformations of Counterpower at the End of Early Modern Englandp. 222
Notesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 301
Indexp. 323
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