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Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric
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Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric

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ISBN-13:
9780198810315
Einband:
Buch
Erscheinungsdatum:
19.09.2018
Seiten:
352
Autor:
Marjorie Levinson
Gewicht:
680 g
Format:
236x160x25 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Thinking Through Poetry is a work of and about literary criticism. It offers new readings of poems from the canon of British Romanticism and it narrates, enacts, and theorizes the arc of the scholarship on that field from the 1980s through the present.
Thinking through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric pursues two goals. The title signals the contribution to debates about reading. Do we think 'through' - 'by means of', 'with'- poems, sympathetically elaborating their surfaces? Is this compatible with a second meaning: 'thinking through' poems to their end-solving a problem, getting to its root, its deep truth? Third, can we square these surface and depth readings with a speculative, philosophicalcriticism to which the poem carries us, where 'through' denotes a 'going beyond?' All three meanings of 'through' are in play throughout.

The subtitle applies 'field' first to Romantic studies since the 1980s, a field that this project reflects upon from beginning to end. Examples are drawn especially from Wordsworth, but also from Coleridge and, in assessing Romanticism's afterlife, from Stevens. 'Field' also characterizes the shift from a unitary to a field-concept of form during that time-span, a shift pursued through prolonged engagement with Spinoza. 'Field' thus underscores the synthesis of form and history, the importance
of analytic scale to that synthesis, and the displacement of entity (text) by 'relation' as the object of investigation.

While the book historically connects early nineteenth-century intellectual trends to twentieth- and twenty-first-century scientific revolutions, its focuses on introducing new models to literary criticism. Unlike accounts of the influence of science on literature, or various 'literature + X' approaches (literature and ecology, literature and cognitive science), it constructs its object of inquiry in a way cognate with work in non-humanities disciplines, thus highlighting a certain unity to
human knowledge. The claim is that specialists in literature should think the way distinguished scientists think, and vice versa.

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