The Artistry of Exile

Hardcover | November 10, 2013

byJane Stabler

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The Artistry of Exile is a new reading of one of the most important themes of nineteenth-century literature. Exile represents a crisis in the always present tension between self and culture, the disturbance of memory, the quest for home, and the survival or not of life's heart quakes - all ofwhich became identifying features of canonical Romanticism. Focusing on two interlinked groups of writers who, for various reasons, felt cast out of England and sought refuge in Italy, this book traces the material and metaphoric dynamics of distance in poems, novels and epistolary conversations. The book brings into dialogue the self-alienation and existential antagonism of the Cain figure with the contingencies of real travel: conversations about writing desks, lost parcels of books, missing pans and stray camels. Domestic and cosmic perspectives mingle as the book reveals how writersrealize the full resonance of Dante's vivid summation of exile in the taste of different bread and the difficulty of another man's stairs. As a country that only exists in the early nineteenth-century as a memory, Italy both embodies and energises formal attempts to bridge the distance created byexile in the work of the Byron-Shelley circle and the later Barrett-Browning-Browning collaboration. Examining these writers in relation to Italian art, sound, religion, narrative art and history, the book presents a new perspective on Romantic canonicity and relocates contemporary ideas ofcosmopolitanism in the aesthetic, ethical and political debates of the late Romantic and early Victorian world.

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The Artistry of Exile is a new reading of one of the most important themes of nineteenth-century literature. Exile represents a crisis in the always present tension between self and culture, the disturbance of memory, the quest for home, and the survival or not of life's heart quakes - all ofwhich became identifying features of canonic...

Dr Jane Stabler teaches at the School of English, University of St Andrews. She is the author of Byron Poetics and History (2002), and is working on the 7-volume Longman Annotated English Poets Edition of Lord Byron's poetry.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:November 10, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199590249

ISBN - 13:9780199590247

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The experience of exile and the flight to Italy1. The bow shot of exile2. Fare Thee Well!3. Cain or Christ4. Boccaccio's lore5. Strange approximations6. Doubtful law7. The calentures of musicConclusion