The Rhetoric of Romanticism

The Rhetoric of Romanticism

The Rhetoric of Romanticism

The Rhetoric of Romanticism

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This collection of essays on the general topic of European romantic and post-romantic literature was established at the initiative of William P. Germano, Editor-in-Chief at the Columbia University Press. It gathers articles written over a period of more than twenty-five years, between 1956 and the present. When the project was suggested to me, I agreed to write two new essays partly to indicate how I would approach such material today. With the possible addition of the essay entitled "The Rhetoric of Temporality" (now reprinted in a new edition of Blindness and Insight), the collection represents the main bulk of what I have written on romanticism. Except for some passing allusions, Allegories of Reading is in no way a book about romanticism or its heritage.

The principle of selection for this volume is clearly historical: all the essays deal with romantic poetry and its aftermath. The historical topology makes sense to the extent that the original papers were part of a project that was itself historically oriented. The choice of authors is banal enough to require no further justification, and so is the inclusion of later poets such as Baudelaire or Yeats. The chapter on Yeats, the latest poet to be considered, is also the earliest written, since it is part of a Harvard dissertation I wrote during the fifties. The reason for its inclusion is hardly sentimental: I saw no reason to resurrect other parts of the thesis, dealing with Mallarmé and other, more purely thematic, aspects of Yeats. They . . .

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