The Resource Romantic vagrancy : Wordsworth and the simulation of freedom, Celeste Langan

Romantic vagrancy : Wordsworth and the simulation of freedom, Celeste Langan

Label
Romantic vagrancy : Wordsworth and the simulation of freedom
Title
Romantic vagrancy
Title remainder
Wordsworth and the simulation of freedom
Statement of responsibility
Celeste Langan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Romantic Vagrancy offers a provocative account of Wordsworth's representation of walking as the exercise of imagination, by tracing a recurrent analogy between the poet in search of materials and the literally dispossessed beggars and vagrants he encounters. Reading Wordsworth - and Rousseau before him - from the perspective of current debates about the political and social rights of the homeless, Celeste Langan argues that both literature and vagrancy are surprisingly rich and disturbing images of the "negative freedom" at the heart of liberalism. Langan shows how the formal structure of the Romantic poem - the improvisational excursion - mirrors its apparent themes, often narratives of impoverishment of abandonment
  • According to Langan, the encounter between the beggar and the passerby in Wordsworth's poetry does not simply reveal a social conscience or its lack; it represents the advent of the liberal subject, whose identity is stretched out between origin and destination, caught between economic and political forces, and the workings of desire. Langan's powerful and innovative argument revises current views both of Wordsworth's poetry and of the relation of literature to its social and political context
Dewey number
821/.7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5892.S58
LC item number
L35 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in Romanticism
Label
Romantic vagrancy : Wordsworth and the simulation of freedom, Celeste Langan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 272-299) and index
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Contents
1. Rousseau plays the beggar: the last words of citizen subject -- 2. Money walks: Wordsworth and the right to wander -- 3. Walking and talking at the same time: the "two histories" of The Prelude -- 4. The walking cure
Control code
000011390150
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 304 p.
Isbn
9780521475075
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
94049735
Other physical details
ill.
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.b17590942
System control number
  • 33217006279823
  • (OCoLC)31865575

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