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Lyric generations : Poetry and the novel in the long eighteenth century :

Starr, G. Gabrielle

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ISBN 10: 0801873797 / ISBN 13: 9780801873799
Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003
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Brand New The author shows that the lyric and the novel in the 18th century, rather than being rivals or opposites - as it traditionally thought - were co-dependents. She advances a literary history that considers formal characteristics as products of historical change. Bookseller Inventory # 80206

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Eighteenth-century British literary history is traditionally characterized by two central and seemingly discrete movements: the rise of the novel and the development of Romantic lyric poetry. In fact, recent scholarship reveals that these genres are inextricably bound: constructions of interiority developed in novels 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 novelists 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 novel, 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 novel in order to reinvigorate poetic practice.

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G. Gabrielle Starr is the Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science and a professor of English at New York University. She is the author of Feeling Beauty: The Neuroscience of Aesthetic Experience.

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Title: Lyric generations : Poetry and the novel in ...

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

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