Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in honour of Vincent Newey

Literature and Authenticity, 1780-1900: Essays in honour of Vincent Newey

By: Dr. Michael Davies (author), Professor Philip Shaw (editor), Dr. Ashley Chantler (editor)Hardback

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Individually and collectively, these essays establish a new direction for scholarship that examines the crucial activities of reading and writing about literature and how they relate to 'authenticity'. Though authenticity is a term deep in literary resonance and rich in philosophical complexity, its connotations relative to the study of literature have rarely been explored or exploited through detailed, critical examination of individual writers and their works. Here the notion of the authentic is recognised first and foremost as central to a range of literary and philosophical ways of thinking, particularly for nineteenth-century poets and novelists. Distinct from studies of literary fakes and forgeries, this collection focuses on authenticity as a central paradigm for approaching literature and its formation that bears on issues of authority, self-reliance, truth, originality, the valid and the real, and the genuine and inauthentic, whether applied to the self or others. Topics and authors include: the spiritual autobiographies of William Cowper and John Newton; Ruskin and travel writing; British Romantic women poets; William Wordsworth and P.B. Shelley; Robert Southey and Anna Seward; John Keats; Lord Byron; Elizabeth Gaskell; Henry David Thoreau; Henry Irving; and Joseph Conrad. The volume also includes a note on Professor Vincent Newey with a bibliography of his critical writings.

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Ashley Chantler is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chester, Michael Davies is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool, and Philip Shaw is Professor of Romantic Studies in the School of English at the University of Leicester.


Contents: Introduction; Authentic narratives: Cowper and conversion, Michael Davies; Is he 'well-authenticated'? Robert Southey and Anna Seward, Lynda Pratt; Undefinitive Keats, Nicholas Roe; 'A kind of excuse': Shelley and Wordsworth revisited, Michael O'Neill; Authenticity projected: Alexander Pope, Lord Byron and Cardinal Newman, Bernard Beatty; Byron, candour, and fear of lying, Philip W. Martin; A 'gorgeous fabric': authentic images of India and the Orient in the works of British Romantic women poets, A.R. Kidwai; Becoming Ruskin: travel writing and self-representation in Praeterita, Keith Hanley; Authorial, antiquarian, and acting authenticity in Henry Irving's King Lear, Richard Foulkes; The authentic voice of Elizabeth Gaskell, Joanne Shattock; Anthropology, bestial humour, and the communal authentic in Cranford, Nick Davis; Thoreau and Creeley: American words and things, Geoff Ward; The robust way: 'the man said, no', Philip Davis; From Cowper to Conrad: authenticity at the end of the century, Ashley Chantler; Afterword: the authentic Vincent Newey; A Vincent Newey bibliography; Bibliography; Index.

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  • publication date: 28/10/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780754665991
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 242
  • ID: 9780754665991
  • weight: 612
  • ISBN10: 0754665992

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