Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric (Hardcover)

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Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric (Hardcover)

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Thinking through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric pursues two goals. The title signals the contribution to debates about reading. Do we think 'through' - 'by means of', 'with'- poems, sympathetically elaborating their surfaces? Is this compatible with a second meaning: 'thinking
through' poems to their end-solving a problem, getting to its root, its deep truth? Third, can we square these surface and depth readings with a speculative, philosophical criticism to which the poem carries us, where 'through' denotes a 'going beyond?' All three meanings of 'through' are in play
throughout.

The subtitle applies 'field' first to Romantic studies since the 1980s, a field that this project reflects upon from beginning to end. Examples are drawn especially from Wordsworth, but also from Coleridge and, in assessing Romanticism's afterlife, from Stevens. 'Field' also characterizes the shift
from a unitary to a field-concept of form during that time-span, a shift pursued through prolonged engagement with Spinoza. 'Field' thus underscores the synthesis of form and history, the importance of analytic scale to that synthesis, and the displacement of entity (text) by 'relation' as the
object of investigation.

While the book historically connects early nineteenth-century intellectual trends to twentieth- and twenty-first-century scientific revolutions, its focuses on introducing new models to literary criticism. Unlike accounts of the influence of science on literature, or various 'literature + X'
approaches (literature and ecology, literature and cognitive science), it constructs its object of inquiry in a way cognate with work in non-humanities disciplines, thus highlighting a certain unity to human knowledge. The claim is that specialists in literature should think the way distinguished
scientists think, and vice versa.
Marjorie Levinson, Professor, Department of English, University of Michigan Marjorie Levinson is F. L. Huetwell Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she has taught since 1991. Prior to that she was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, 1978-1991. She is the author of The Romantic Fragment Poem, Wordsworth's Great Period Poems, and Keats's Lifeof Allegory, and the editor of Rethinking Historicism. She has written numerous articles on Romantic and modern poetry and on critical theory (e.g., 'What is New Formalism?'). Her work tracks a transition from sociocultural critique to models derived from the postclassical physical and biologicalsciences.
Product Details ISBN: 9780198810315
ISBN-10: 0198810318
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: September 19th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English