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Becoming Wordsworthian a performative aesthetics by Elizabeth A. Fay

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Published by University of Massachusetts Press in Amherst .
Written in English



  • England


  • Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Aesthetics.,
  • Wordsworth, Dorothy, 1771-1855 -- Aesthetics.,
  • Brothers and sisters -- England -- History -- 19th century.,
  • Poets, English -- 19th century -- Family relationships.,
  • Authorship -- Collaboration -- History -- 19th century.,
  • Poetry -- Authorship -- History -- 19th century.,
  • Masculinity in literature.,
  • Aesthetics, British -- 19th century.,
  • Authorship -- Sex differences.,
  • Self in literature.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-273) and index.

StatementElizabeth A. Fay.
LC ClassificationsPR5892.A34 F39 1995
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 279 p. :
Number of Pages279
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1111739M
ISBN 100870239600
LC Control Number94037565

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Book description. William Wordsworth's poetry responded to the enormous literary, political, cultural, technological and social changes that the poet lived through during his lifetime (‒), and to his own transformation from young radical inspired by the French Revolution to Poet Laureate and supporter of the establishment. ‘School offers a series of "spots of time," to invoke a Wordsworthian phrase.’ ‘An unrivalled observer of the countryside, he found no Wordsworthian solace there, nor in his own unhappy marriage.’ ‘It was poetry that, without being distinctively Wordsworthian, could hardly have existed without Wordsworth.’.   Margaret Drabble looks at how William Wordsworth changed forever the way we view the natural world and the inner world of feeling. In the third book of The Prelude Wordsworth recorded his reactions to life at Cambridge and his changing attitude toward his studies. During his last summer as an undergraduate, he and his college friend Robert Jones—much influenced by William Coxe’s Sketches of the Natural, Civil, and Political State of Swisserland ()—decided to make a tour of the Alps, departing from Dover on J

ELIZABETH FAY teaches Romantic Period Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her publications include Becoming Wordsworthian: A Performative Aesthetics and Feminist Introduction to . Myself and Some Other Being is the story of Wordsworth becoming Wordsworth by writing the fragments and drafts of what would eventually become The Prelude, an autobiographical epic poem addressed to Coleridge that he hid from the public and was only published after his death in Feeling pressured to write the greatest epic poem of all time, a task set for him by Coleridge, . ‘The concept is for visitors to explore the cottage using all their senses’, Elin Simonsson, Head of Interpretation at Nissen Richards Studio explained, ‘effectively becoming ‘Wordsworthian’ as they pass through the space, walking where William and Dorothy walked, sitting where they sat, ascending the same staircase, seeing through the same windows.   Free Online Library: J.H. Reynolds re-Echoes the Wordsworthian reputation: "Peter Bell," remaking the work and mocking the man.(William Wordsworth, Critical essay) by "Studies in Romanticism"; Literature, writing, book reviews British writers Criticism and .