First published in 2006. Exploring how discourse is figured in the texts of key European Romantic authors such as Wackenroder, Coleridge, Byron and Hugo, this volume offers nuanced readings of the under-explored syntactic, semantic, and ideological structures of Romantic works. Rather than proposing a new theoretical position on the issue of what constitutes Romantic discourse studies, the editors have commissioned essays that seek to capture aspects of this discursive field, building on previous scholarship to offer fresh ways of seeing how Romantic discourse matrices work.
The volume is organized into three sections: Language and Romantic Discourse Systems; Women Writers and Romantic Constructions of Power; and Varieties of Revisionist Discourse in Romanticism. This title aims to expand the readers understand of Romantic modes of argumentation, and will be of interest to students of literature.
Acknowledgements; 1. Prologomenon to the Study of Romanticism’s Comparative Discourses Larry H. Peer and Diane Long Hoeveler; Part 1: Language and Romantic Discourse Systems; 2. Gothic Opera as Romantic Discourse in Britain and France: A Cross-Cultural Dialogue Diane Long Hoeveler and Sarah Davis Cordova 3. Pursuing the Plerotic Sublime: Romantic Poetry and the Failure of Language Richard A. Nanian 4. Half-Asleep on Thresholds: Fragile Boundaries in Coleridge’s "Fears in Solitude" Onita Vaz 5. Romantic Drama and the Discourse of Criminality Marjean D. Purinton; Part 2: Women Writers and Romantic Constructions of Power; 6. Towards Constructing a "Poetics of Space" for the Sentimental Novel: A Topo-Analysis of Charlotte Smith’s ‘The Old Manor House’ Nancy Metzger 7. The Second Soul-less Sex? Mary Wollstonecraft and the ‘Mahometan’ Carolyn A. Weber 8. Ithuriel’s Spear and Detecting the Counterfeit: Edgeworth’s Miltonic Allusions in ‘Belinda’ Jeffrey Cass 9. Parting Songs: Hemans, Landon, and Barret Browning Rewrite Friederike Brun 10. The Discourse of Religious Bildung in Anne Brontë’s ‘Agnes Grey’ Larry H. Peer; Part 3: Varieties of Revisionist Discourse in Romanticism; 11. Readerly Agency and the Discourse of History in the ‘Antiquary’ Bonnie J. Gunzenhauser 12. Reading Beyond Body, Cane, and Crosier: Talleyrand as Romantic Discourse Rodney Farnsworth 13. Byron and ‘Manfred’: Epistolary Journal into Dramatic Poem D. L. Macdonald 14. The Romantic Artist on the Couch: A Freudian Approach to Wackenroder’s Musician, Berlinger Sonja E. Klocke; Index