Reading, Writing, and Romanticism: The Anxiety of Reception

Paperback | June 28, 2003

byLucy Newlyn

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Reading, Writing, and Romanticism bridges a perceived gulf between materialist and idealist approaches to the reader. Informed by an historical awareness of Romantic hermeneutics and its later developments (as well as by an understanding of the circumstances conditioning the production andconsumption of literature in this period), the book explores how readers are imagined, addressed, figured, and theorised in Romantic poetry and criticism (1790-1830). Models of canon-formation, intertextuality and reader-response are examined alongside the existence of reading-coteries, the social practices of reading, and reforms in copyright. Consideration is given to the philosophical and ideological influences which bear upon the status of reading at thistime, as well as to the educational theories and practices which underpin reading-habits. Non-canonical writers are included, and special attention is given to the emergence of women's poetry - its repercussions for the poetics of reception.

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Reading, Writing, and Romanticism bridges a perceived gulf between materialist and idealist approaches to the reader. Informed by an historical awareness of Romantic hermeneutics and its later developments (as well as by an understanding of the circumstances conditioning the production andconsumption of literature in this period), the ...

Lucy Newlyn is Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford. Her publications include Paradise Lost and the Romantic Reader (OUP 1993), Coleridge, Wordsworth, and the Language of Allusion (OUP 1986), and Coleridge's Imagination: Essays in Memory of Peter Laver (CUP 1985).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:420 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.86 inPublished:June 28, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198187114

ISBN - 13:9780198187110

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Table of Contents

I. The Anxiety of Reception1. The sense of an audience2. Case study (I): Coleridge3. Case study (2): Wordsworth4. Case study (3): Anna BarbauldII. Crossings on the creative-critical divide5. Competition and collaboration in periodical culture6. Feminizing the poetics of reception7. 'One power with a double aspect': the formation of a system of defences8. The terror of futurity: repetition, identification, and doubling9. Reading aloud: an 'ambiguous accompaniment'BibliographyIndex

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`Lucy Newlyn's lucid and eloquent new book shows just how crude - and therefore symptomatic - our idea of literary influence has been. What is inspired about Newlyn's approach is that the newly emerging complicities between readers and writers that she traces in Romanticism begin to seem likethe most illuminating paradigm for our distinctively modern relationships with ourselves and others. It is clear, after reading this book, that we have been living in the age of the anxiety of reception.'Adam Philips