Shelleys Goddess: Maternity, Language, Subjectivity

Paperback | November 1, 1991

byBarbara Charlesworth Gelpi

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The subject of Gelpi's new book is the importance of the mother-infant relationship in Percy Bysshe Shelly's poetry and life. However, her book also uses Shelley as a touchstone by which to examine the rich historical and theoretical issues relevant to motherhood in the Romantic period. Gelpioffers a detailed account of the historical rise in attention paid to mothering, the changing cultural attitudes towards the role of the mother, and the resulting effect on the nature of family life. She further discusses the psychoanalytic, Marxist, and developmental approaches to the mother/infantrelationship, particularly to the connection each makes between that relationship and the acquisition of language. By combining psychoanalytic, poststructuralist and feminist theory with extensive biographical material on Shelley and information on the position of mothers in England after 1790,Gelpi offers an important reassessment of Shelley's avowed feminism and the failure of his utopian vision.

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This book addresses the significance of the mother-infant relationship in Percy Bysshe Shelley's poetry and life, with Shelley as as the focus for a study of the rich historical and theoretical issues relevant to motherhood in the Romantic period.

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The subject of Gelpi's new book is the importance of the mother-infant relationship in Percy Bysshe Shelly's poetry and life. However, her book also uses Shelley as a touchstone by which to examine the rich historical and theoretical issues relevant to motherhood in the Romantic period. Gelpioffers a detailed account of the historical ...

Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi is at Stanford University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:November 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195073843

ISBN - 13:9780195073843

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This book addresses the significance of the mother-infant relationship in Percy Bysshe Shelley's poetry and life, with Shelley as as the focus for a study of the rich historical and theoretical issues relevant to motherhood in the Romantic period.

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"No reading of Shelley's text with which I am familiar has better succeeded in penetrating a highly vulnerable masculine subjectivity impaled upon its own fear of dissolution."--Studies in Romanticism