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Strange truths in undiscovered lands : Shelley's poetic development and romantic geography /
Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
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xiii, 264 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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9780802039569 :
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2009.
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9780802039569 :
catalogue key
6913873
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Jackson, Professor Heather. 2012/12/13.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'Alvey's book is a superb achievement... it has marshaled all the possible elements of the field so commandingly that there is no need for a sequel in the same paradigm.'
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The great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley had a complicated relationship with the British Empire and the culture of colonialism. Considered politically radical and scandalous in Britain, Shelley lived in self-imposed exile and set much of his writing in foreign places. In ‘Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands’ Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey examines the ways in which Shelley developed a ‘Romantic geography’ to provide visionary alternatives to an earth devastated by a new type of European colonialism and global expansion.Intertextually rich, Alvey’s work establishes the context in which poems by Shelley and other Romantics were written by presenting relevant histories, travel texts, scientific writings, and archival material, and are all complemented by postcolonial analysis. Unique in its emphasis on the optimistic and positive aspects of Shelley’s poetical works, ‘Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands’ offers a different perspective on Romantic Orientalism, and a new look at how the poet imagined the relationship between the Self and the Other.Thorough and original, this book will be of interest to Romanticists, postcolonialists, and anyone interested in alternative responses to acts of colonialism and empire.
Main Description
The great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley had a complicated relationship with the British Empire and the culture of colonialism. Considered politically radical and scandalous in Britain, Shelley lived in self-imposed exile and set much of his writing in foreign places. In ‘Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands' Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey examines the ways in which Shelley developed a ‘Romantic geography' to provide visionary alternatives to an earth devastated by a new type of European colonialism and global expansion.Intertextually rich, Alvey's work establishes the context in which poems by Shelley and other Romantics were written by presenting relevant histories, travel texts, scientific writings, and archival material, and are all complemented by postcolonial analysis. Unique in its emphasis on the optimistic and positive aspects of Shelley's poetical works, ‘Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands' offers a different perspective on Romantic Orientalism, and a new look at how the poet imagined the relationship between the Self and the Other.Thorough and original, this book will be of interest to Romanticists, postcolonialists, and anyone interested in alternative responses to acts of colonialism and empire.
Main Description
The great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley had a complicated relationship with the British Empire and the culture of colonialism. Considered politically radical and scandalous in Britain, Shelley lived in self-imposed exile and set much of his writing in foreign places. In 'Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands' Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey examines the ways in which Shelley developed a 'Romantic geography' to provide visionary alternatives to an earth devastated by a new type of European colonialism and global expansion.Intertextually rich, Alvey's work establishes the context in which poems by Shelley and other Romantics were written by presenting relevant histories, travel texts, scientific writings, and archival material, and are all complemented by postcolonial analysis. Unique in its emphasis on the optimistic and positive aspects of Shelley's poetical works, 'Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands' offers a different perspective on Romantic Orientalism, and a new look at how the poet imagined the relationship between the Self and the Other.Thorough and original, this book will be of interest to Romanticists, postcolonialists, and anyone interested in alternative responses to acts of colonialism and empire.
Main Description
The great Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley had a complicated relationship with the British Empire and the culture of colonialism. Considered politically radical and scandalous in Britain, Shelley lived in self-imposed exile and set much of his writing in foreign places. In Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands Nahoko Miyamoto Alvey examines the ways in which Shelley developed a 'Romantic geography' to provide visionary alternatives to an earth devastated by a new type of European colonialism and global expansion. Intertextually rich, Alvey's work establishes the context in which poems by Shelley and other Romantics were written by presenting relevant histories, travel texts, scientific writings, and archival material, and are all complemented by postcolonial analysis. Unique in its emphasis on the optimistic and positive aspects of Shelley's poetical works, Strange Truths in Undiscovered Lands offers a different perspective on Romantic Orientalism, and a new look at how the poet imagined the relationship between the Self and the Other. Thorough and original, this book will be of interest to Romanticists, postcolonialists, and anyone interested in alternative responses to acts of colonialism and empire.
Main Description
Shelley's writings on empire were not entirely consistent. The tensions in his writings on this theme have led to a variety of interpretations of Shelley, typically due to the selection of his works that were analysed. The youthful, idealistic poet of Queen Mab, who visualized an idea of an open society and later realized a utopian world in Promethews Unbound, was becoming more and more aware of his involvement with imperialism toward the end of his life. It is true, however, that despite Shelley's open-mindedness and his unfailing criticism of any from of tyranny or imperialism that runs throughout his poetic career, we cannot expect any writer of this period to be fully detached from colonialist attitudes. The extent to which Shelley complies with imperialism and the extent to which his imagination, backed by an astonishing breadth of learning and a sharp critical insight, overcomes the predicaments of Orientalism need to be measured by examining his earlier and his later works, both poetry and prose, and both his positive and negative sides. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
A Note on Shelley Textsp. xv
Introductionp. 3
Queen Mab: The Female Dreamers and a Pathless Wildernessp. 19
'Alastor': A Solitary Quester and a New Eastern Geographyp. 51
'Mont Blanc': The Questioning Traveller and a Visionary Geography of Chamonixp. 83
Prometheus Unbound: The Eastern and Western Lovers on the Highest Mountainp. 109
'The Witch of Atlas': The Hybrid Explorer and Shelley's Joyous Challengep. 145
Conclusionp. 181
Notesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 251
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