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Shelley and women

posted on 2023-07-26, 13:05 authored by Nora Crook
The Oxford Handbook of Shelley takes stock of current developments in the study of a major Romantic poet and prose-writer, and seeks to advance Shelley studies beyond the current scholarship. It consists of forty-two chapters and offers a wide-ranging single-volume body of writings on Shelley, building on the textual revolution in Shelley studies, which has transformed understanding of the poet, as critics are able to focus on what Shelley actually wrote. The book is divided into five thematic sections: biography and relationships; prose; poetry; cultures, traditions, and influences; and afterlives. The first section reappraises Shelley's life and relationships, including those with his publishers, through whom he sought to reach an audience for the ‘Ashes and sparks’ of his thought, and with women, creative collaborators as well as muse-figures; the second section gives his under-investigated prose works detailed attention, bringing multiple perspectives to bear on his shifting and complex conceptual positions, and demonstrating the range of his achievement in prose works from novels to political and poetic treatises; the third section explores his creativity and gift as a poet, emphasizing his capacity to excel in many different poetic genres; the fourth section looks at his response to past and present literary cultures, both English and international, and at his immersion in science, music, theatre, the visual arts, and tourism and travel; and the fifth section concludes the volume by analysing Shelley's literary and cultural afterlife, from his influence on Victorians and Moderns, to his status as the exemplary poet for Deconstruction.



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Oxford University Press

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Oxford, UK

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The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley




Michael O'Neill, Anthony Howe, Madeleine Callaghan


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ARCHIVED Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences (until September 2018)

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