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Poetics of Character: Transatlantic Encounters 1700-1900 (Cambridge Studies in Romanticism)

Susan Manning

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Published by Cambridge University Press, 2014
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Title: Poetics of Character: Transatlantic ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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This study of character in a comparative context presents a new approach to transatlantic literary history. Rereading Romanticism across national, generic and chronological boundaries, and through close textual comparisons, it offers exciting possibilities for rediscovering how literature engages and persuades readers of the reality of character. Historically grounded in the eighteenth-century philosophical, political and cultural conditions that generated nation-based literary history, it reveals alternative narratives to those of origin and succession, influence and reception. It also reintroduces rhetoric and poetics as ways of addressing questions about uniqueness and representativeness in character creation, epistemological issues of identity and impersonation, and the generation of literary value. Drawing comparisons between works from Alexander Pope and Cotton Mather through Robert Burns, Jane Austen, John Keats, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, R. W. Emerson, Margaret Fuller and Herman Melville, to George Eliot and Henry James, Susan Manning reveals surprising metaphorical, metonymic and performative connections.

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This comprehensive study of literary character in a comparative context presents a new approach to transatlantic literary history. Rereading transatlantic Romanticism across two centuries through close textual comparisons across national, generic and chronological boundaries, it offers exciting possibilities for rediscovering how literature engages readers with the reality of character.

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