Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time: Interpretation in The Prelude by David EllisWordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time: Interpretation in The Prelude by David Ellis

Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time: Interpretation in The Prelude

byDavid Ellis

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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The passages in Wordsworth's Prelude known as the 'spots of time' have always been regarded as important and impressive but have seldom been satisfactorily explained. Whilst there is general agreement about how well they are written, there is none at all about what they might mean. David Ellis sets out to resolve this paradox and, since the passages which concern him deal with very private moments in Wordsworth's life and have an interest which is largely psychological, he considers how far a knowledge of Freud might be relevant to their understanding. His attempt to clarify what is at once the most intriguing and baffling aspect of Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem leads Ellis to make challenging suggestions about how the whole work should be read. This is a book for the student and general reader of Wordsworth as well as for specialists. It should also appeal to those with an interest in the nature of autobiography or the use (and the misuse) of psych-analytic concepts in literary interpretation.
David Ellis is an author who won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel for Line of Vision. He has also published several other books such as: Life Sentence, Jury of One, In the Company of Liars, and Eye of the Beholder. In 2009, The Hidden Man debuted Dave¿s new series character, Jason Kolarich. The Hidden Man was nominated fo...
Title:Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time: Interpretation in The PreludeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.47 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521128528

ISBN - 13:9780521128520


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I. The Spots of Time: 1. Fathers and sons; 2. Violence, sex and the misuse of Freud; 3. The discharged soldier; 4. The first spot of time; Part II. The Mind as Lord and Master: 1. Explanations (how); 2. Explanations (why); 3. The drowned man; 4. The role of reading; 5. Drawing death's sting; 6. The Winander boy; 7. Comparisons; Part III. Wordsworthian Optimism: 1. Objections; 2. Wordsworth and the shepherds; 3. Visions; 4. Conclusions; A note on Hartman; Appendix; Notes; Index.