What, for a poet, could 'passive making' mean? What does Wordsworth imagine he is doing, in commanding the moon to shine, the wind to blow in 'Tintern Abbey'? Heralded as the age of social contract and the Rights of Man, romanticism--this book ...
argues--instead engages in non-contractual poetics. In the period's burgeoning economics of 'fiat' money, as much as in the natural and supernatural imagination of its poets, the legacy of romanticism involves a series of absolutist gestures of verbal fiat: a rhetoric subject to historical and philosophical pressures, which so far has largely escaped critical attention. Focused on William Wordsworth, but in constant range of his poet-successors and modern critics, Romantic Fiat argues for the dialectical perils of the urge to reach freedom from illusion. The study presents a rich and emphatic new argument for a double romantic signature of 'let there be' and 'let be.'
Number of pages: 280
Date of publication: 01/03/2011
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