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

G. Gabrielle Starr

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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  • Clarissa and the lyric -- Modes of absorption : lyric and letter in Behn, Haywood, and Pope -- Lyric tensions : sympathy, displacement, and self into the mid-century -- Rhetorical realisms : chiasmus, convention, and lyric -- The limits of lyric and the space of the novel.

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書名 Lyric generations : poetry and the novel in the long eighteenth century
著作者等 Starr G. Gabrielle
Starr Gabrielle
出版元 Johns Hopkins University Press
刊行年月 2004
ページ数 x, 298 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0801873797
NCID BA66090132
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国