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Romantic Things A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud by Mary Jacobus
  

Romantic Things A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud

Synopsis

Romantic Things A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud by Mary Jacobus

Our thoughts are shaped as much by what things make of us as by what we make of them. In Romantic Things, Mary Jacobus explores the world of objects and phenomena in nature as expressed in Romantic poetry alongside the theme of sentience and sensory deprivation in literature and art. Jacobus discusses objects and attributes that test our perceptions and preoccupy both Romantic poetry and modern philosophy. John Clare, John Constable, Rainer Maria Rilke, W G Sebald, and Gerhard Richter make appearances around the central figure of William Wordsworth as Jacobus explores trees, rocks, clouds, breath, sleep, deafness, and blindness in their work. Along the way, she is assisted by the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jacques Derrida, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Helping us think more deeply about things both visible and invisible, felt and unfeeling, Romantic Things opens our eyes to what has been previously overlooked in lyric and Romantic poetry.

Reviews

This richly wide-ranging meditation on the lyrical mode and its representation of things reflects on the relationship between sensate and insensate forms, the emotive and poetic, philosophy and poetry, and literature and visual culture....Poignantly reminds us of the importance of the poetic act in seeing things anew. (European Romantic Review)


About the Author

Mary Jacobus is professor emerita of English at Cornell University and at the University of Cambridge, where she directed the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities until 2011.

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Book Info

Publication date

20th March 2015

Author

Mary Jacobus

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Publisher

University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press

Format

Paperback
232 pages

Categories

Literary studies: poetry & poets
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900

ISBN

9780226271347

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