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Fatal Autonomy : Romantic Drama and the Rhetoric of Agency / William Jewett.

Author/Creator:
Jewett, William, author., Author,
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (280 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Literary Studies. (search)
Performing Arts & Drama. (search)
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
'Fatal Autonomy is a subtle, gracefully written, and politically astute reading of selected plays by the canonical Romantic poets. Jewett offers the most original and carefully circumscribed formulations to date of the interaction between language and politics as it is depicted in Romantic drama.'-Julie Carlson, University of California, Santa BarbaraDescribing an enduring moral puzzle and explaining how it helped to shape a key moment in the history of poetic drama, Fatal Autonomy represents Romanticism as a reckoning with the costs of individual agency. No moral calculus can ever fully determine the relation of events to an individual's actions and failures to act, William Jewett argues; that is why the stubborn belief in such a relationship gives rise to tragedy.Jewett maintains that tragic drama forces its readers and viewers to confront the ways in which the use of language grants agency. The Romantic poets saw a moral challenge in that confrontation and followed its generic implications toward a new kind of poetry. Fatal Autonomy thus looks to Romantic drama to explain how Romantic poetry came to hold a permanent grip on conceptions of moral life. Tracing the source of major strains in British Romanticism to a politically charged body of dramatic poems, Jewett focuses on two historical moments: 1794-97, which he describes as the political turning point in the careers of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and 1819-22, the years in which he believes Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron wrote their best poetry.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Introduction
Part One. Tragic Agents And The Origins Of Romanticism, 1794-1797
1. The Sublime Machine Of History: The Fall Of Robespierre And Wat Tyler
2. The Claim Of Compulsion: The Borderers
3. Fancy And The Spell Of Enlightenment: Osorio
Part Two. Shelley, Byron, And The Body Politic, 1819-1822
4. Performing Skepticism: The Cenci
5. Fatal Autonomy: Marino Faliero
6. History's Lethean Song: Charles The First And The Triumph Of Life
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 02. Mrz 2022)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501744525
OCLC:
1114889118
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501744525 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.