Poetics of Self and Form in Keats and Shelley: Nietzschean Subjectivity and Genre, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Poetics of Self and Form in Keats and Shelley

Nietzschean Subjectivity and Genre, 1st Edition

By Mark Sandy


160 pages

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Beginning with a reassessment of contemporary romantic studies, this book provides a modern critical comparison of Keats and Shelley. The study offers detailed close readings of a variety of literary genres (including the romance, lyric, elegy and literary fragment) adopted by Keats and Shelley to explore their poetic treatment of self and form. The poetic careers of Keats and Shelley embrace a tragic affirmation of those darker elements latent in the earlier writings to meditate on their own posthumous reception and reputation. Fresh readings of Keats and Shelley show how they conceive of the self as fictional and anticipate Nietzsche's modern theories of subjectivity. Nietzsche's conception of the subject as a site of conflicting fictions usefully measures this emergent sense of poetic self and form in Keats and Shelley. This Nietzschean perspective enriches our appreciation of the considerable artistic achievement of these two significant second-generation romantic poets.


'This book is a valuable comparative study of Keats and Shelley, and offers useful insights into the theoretical and critical context of current Romantic studies.' Romantic Textualities 'Mark Sandy's compelling book is a comparative analysis of the works of Shelley and Keats 'from a Nietzschean perspective'… the great strengths of this book are: its refreshingly new readings of canonical texts using a critical approach that happily takes into its ken lesser-known works; its sensitivity to form, genre and to the beauties of the poetry under examination; its admirable versatility in considering these alongside perennially pertinent questions about subjectivity, history and language.' British Association for Romantic Studies ’… suggestive and intelligent book… It is an admirable and adventurous study of subjectivity through the sensitive close reading of genre.’ The Year's Work in English Studies ’…Sandy's book more than fulfills [Ashgate's 'The Nineteenth Century'] series' mandate to generate new ideas and theories while preserving the values of 'traditional scholarship'. Sandy deftly constructs a thought-provoking analysis of the 'treatment of self' in the works of Keats and Shelley…supported by immensely useful discursive and bibliographic footnotes.’ Keats-Shelley Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Reading Nietzsche's anti-romanticism; Fictions of the self; Tragic romance; Lyrical transgressions; Posthumous meditations; Poetic ruins; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

Mark Sandy is Lecturer in English at The Department of English Studies, University of Durham, UK.

About the Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature