Strange Power of Speech: Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Literary Possession

Hardcover | July 1, 1992

bySusan Eilenberg

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This book explores the relationship between tropes of literary property and signification in the writings and literary politics of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Eilenberg argues that a complex of ideas about property, propriety, and possession sets the terms for the two writers' mutuallyrevisionary efforts and informs the images of literary authority, textual identity, and poetic figuration evident in their major works. Eilenberg's readings of the collaboration and its principle texts bring to bear a combination of deconstructive, psychoanalytic, and both new and literaryhistorical methods. The book provides a deeper understanding of the relationship between two of the major figures of English Romanticism as well as fresh insight into what is at stake in the analogy between the verbal and the material or the literary and the economic.

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This book explores the relationship between tropes of literary property and signification in the writings and literary politics of Wordsworth and Coleridge. Eilenberg argues that a complex of ideas about property, propriety, and possession sets the terms for the two writers' mutuallyrevisionary efforts and informs the images of litera...

Susan Eilenberg is at State University of New York, Buffalo.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 8.54 × 5.75 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195068564

ISBN - 13:9780195068566

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"Authoritative scholarly study - balanced, readable, knowledgeable, skillfully argued, and soundly documented."--Studies in Romanticism