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The Orient and the young romantics

By: Warren, Andrew

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Romanticism series
1107419808 / 9781107419803
Paperback
821.7093585
16/03/2017
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England
304 pages.
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Through close readings of major poems, this book examines why the second-generation Romantic poets - Byron, Shelley, and Keats - stage so much of their poetry in Eastern or Orientalized settings.

It argues that they do so not only to interrogate their own imaginations, but also as a way of criticizing Europe's growing imperialism.

For them the Orient is a projection of Europe's own fears and desires.

It is therefore a charged setting in which to explore and contest the limits of the age's aesthetics, politics and culture.

Being nearly always self-conscious and ironic, the poets' treatment of the Orient becomes itself a twinned criticism of 'Romantic' egotism and the Orientalism practised by earlier generations.

The book goes further to claim that poems like Shelley's Revolt of Islam, Byron's 'Eastern' Tales, or even Keats's Lamia anticipate key issues at stake in postcolonial studies more generally.

BIC:

2AB English, DSBF Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 , DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets

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