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By Joel Faflak, Julia M. Wright

The instruction manual to Romanticism Studies is an obtainable and indispensible source offering scholars and students with a wealthy array of historic and up to date serious and theoretical contexts for the learn of Romanticism.

* specializes in British Romanticism whereas additionally addressing continental and transatlantic Romanticism and previous periods
* makes use of keyword phrases corresponding to mind's eye, chic, poetics, philosophy, race, historiography, and visible tradition as issues of entry to the examine of Romanticism and the theoretical issues and the tradition of the period
* Explores subject matters relevant to Romanticism experiences and the serious developments of the final thirty years

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Blake did illustrations for it. We know that Percy Bysshe Shelley read it. 6 De Man links the “materiality of the letter” with the “errancy of language” (89–90). He defines the materiality of the letter as that which “disrupts the ostensibly stable meaning of a sentence” (89). 7 Exceptions include Knight, Wilson, and Lussier. 8 For some leads to this approach, see Gordon, Kirmayer, and Rousseau. 9 Although the letter is dated 1799, and the Marriage was written circa 1790, the fact that he would later ground his idea of the imagination in Bacon provides an ironic commentary on this earlier quotation.

At the heart of the melancholy adventure is an encounter with someone unhappy to sympathize with. It is usually a woman, a child, or an animal, marked by poverty, madness, or abuse. Yorick’s consciousness of his own sympathy is experienced as the workings of the “soul” itself: The story he [Tristram] had told of that disorder’d maid affect’d me not a little in the reading; but when I got within the neighbourhood where she lived, it returned so strong into my mind, that I could not resist an impulse .

As a particularly acute kind of emotional intelligence, sensibility was experienced in many cultural and social arenas. It was pertinent to norms of politeness and mourning. It bolstered the impulses of gentrification, social distinction, and political reform. Sensibility energized “the literary innovations, and protofeminist and potentially radical social criticism” of laboring-class women poets such as Ann Yearsley, who treated sensibility with strategic ambivalence when she was not satirizing it ruthlessly (Landry 10).

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