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- DescriptionEighteenth-century British literary history is traditionally characterized by two central and seemingly discrete movements: the rise of the vel and the development of Romantic lyric poetry. In fact, recent scholarship reveals that these genres are inextricably bound: constructions of interiority developed in vels changed ideas about what literature could mean and do, encouraging the new focus on private experience and self-perception developed in lyric poetry. In Lyric Generations Gabrielle Starr rejects the usual genealogy of lyric poetry in which Romantic poets are thought to have built solely and directly upon the works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton. She argues instead that velists such as Richardson, Haywood, Behn and others, while drawing upon earlier lyric conventions, ushered in a new language of self-expression and community that profoundly affected the aesthetic goals of lyric poets. Examining the works of Cowper, Smith, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats in light of their competitive dialogue with the vel, Starr advances a literary history that considers formal characteristics as products of historical change. In a world increasingly defined by prose, poets adapted the new forms, characters, and moral themes of the vel in order to reinvigorate poetic practice.
- Author BiographyG. Gabrielle Starr is an assistant professor in the department of English at New York University.
- Author(s)G. Gabrielle Starr
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication18/02/2004
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Weight562 g
- Width167 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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