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The dissolution of character in late romantic British literature, 1816-1837

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The dissolution of character in late romantic British literature, 1816-1837
Title
The dissolution of character in late romantic British literature, 1816-1837
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
This dissertation studies how late romantic British authors, writing primarily in the 1820s and 1830s, renegotiate inherited models of "character" from their high romantic predecessors. The authors in this dissertation all fear that having an identity means moral and intellectual stagnation. To have an essence is to be constituted. But at the same time, a self that is entirely conditional and arbitrary is also a source of anxiety. As a result, their texts linger in a sort of epistemological middle ground: a safe and experimental space wherein the discomforts inherent in each philosophical alternative- the self as transhistorical organism and the self as nonessential construct- can be avoided. Percy Shelley writes a poem, Alastor (1816), whose speaking "I." is meant to represent what he calls the "one mind," a sort of transindividual consciousness of which all individual minds are said to be the "marks" or "modifications." William Hazlitt associates the soul with an internal bias fixed at birth and visible in the human body, but not necessarily (á la Plato, Wordsworth and Coleridge) with an immaterial substance fixed in eternity. Letitia Landon creates picturesque characters who confuse and even synonymize surface and depth; her texts capitalize on the contradictions inherent in both personal and fictional subjectivities. Mary Shelley is Blakean and Hegelian in her insistence that a person without psychological contraries makes no moral and spiritual progress. All these authors thrive on the psychological climate or "mood" wherein their texts emerge, one marked by the systematic fragmentation of identity, the incipient dissolution of the idea of character. Their "aesthetic... insist[s] on the difficulty of recognizing... nondemonstrable identities."
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MUU
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Cope, Jonas
Degree
Ph. D.
Dissertation note
Thesis
Dissertation year
2012.
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Granting institution
University of Missouri--Columbia,
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
The dissolution of character in late romantic British literature, 1816-1837
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Publication
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Note
Advisor: Noah Heringman
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
872566011
Extent
1 online resource (iv, 193 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)872566011
Label
The dissolution of character in late romantic British literature, 1816-1837
Publication
Contributor
Thesis advisor
Note
Advisor: Noah Heringman
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
872566011
Extent
1 online resource (iv, 193 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)872566011

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