Dorothy Wordsworth and Hartley Coleridge: The Poetics of Relationship

Hardcover | April 5, 2012

byN. Healey

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This book provides a reassessment of the writings of Hartley Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth and presents them in a new poetics of relationship, re-evaluating their relationships with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to restore a more accurate understanding of Hartley and Dorothy as independent and original writers.

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This book provides a reassessment of the writings of Hartley Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth and presents them in a new poetics of relationship, re-evaluating their relationships with William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge to restore a more accurate understanding of Hartley and Dorothy as independent and original writers.

NICOLA HEALEY obtained her PhD from the University of St Andrews, UK.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:April 5, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230277721

ISBN - 13:9780230277724

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Abbreviations Author's Note Introduction: Hartley Coleridge, Dorothy Wordsworth, and the Poetics of Relationship 'Fragments from the universal': Hartley Coleridge's Poetics of Relationship The Coleridge Family: Influence, Identity, and Representation 'Who is the Poet?': Hartley Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and 'The Use of a Poet' Dorothy Wordsworth's Journals: Writing the Self, Writing Relationship Sibling Conversations: The Wordsworthian Construction of Authorship 'My hidden life': Dorothy, William, and Poetic Identity Postscript: 'The common life which is the real life': Family Authorship and Identity Bibliography Index

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"In this very fine book, Nicola Healey raises and resolves a number of issues that will be of great interest to students of Hartley Coleridge and Dorothy Wordsworth, and to Romantic scholars more generally. The close readings, which are consistently excellent, take issue with a number of critics, from Derwent Coleridge and Thomas De Quincey through to twentieth- and twenty-first-century commentators. Healey thoroughly understands the various factors that limited these critics' perceptions at the times they were writing, and she anatomises the wrongness of some literary-critical habits that have gone on for too long. This book builds beautifully on the work of other scholars, and many ideas are handled genially and skilfully. Healey maintains cohesion with the growing multiplicity of the insights throughout the book, providing a vital new perspective on collaboration – including all the tensions this entails. Arguably, however, the main achievement of this book is in its sensitivity to Hartley's and Dorothy's finest writings." - Andrew Keanie, Lecturer in English, University of Ulster, UK