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Shelley's Music
Fantasy, Authority and the Object Voice





ISBN 9781138645882
Published August 22, 2017 by Routledge
206 Pages

 
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Book Description

First published in 2009. This book argues that the images of and allusions to music in Shelley’s writing demonstrate his attempt to infuse the traditionally masculine word with the traditionally feminine voice and music. This further extends to his even more fundamental desire to integrate the "object voice" with his own subjectivity. For Shelley, what plagues this integration is the prospect of losing both the poet’s authority and the subjectivity upon which it relies. This book asserts that the resultant deadlock and instability paradoxically becomes Shelley’s ultimate goal — creating a steady state of suspension that finally preserves both his authority and his humanity.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 Subjectivity and the Self-Present Voice 2 Poetic Authority and "Interpassivity" 3 Sounding the "Real" 4 Power, Desire and Poetics; Conclusion: Fantasy and Renunciation; Bibliography; Index

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