Romantic writers invoked prophecy throughout their work. However, the failure of prophecy to materialize didn't deter them. Why then do Romantic writers repeatedly invoke prophecy when it never works? The answer to this question is at the heart of Romantic Prophecy and the Resistance to Historicism. In this remarkably erudite work, Christopher Bundock argues that the repeated failure of prophecy in Romantic thought is creative and enables a renewable potential for expression across disciplines. By focusing on new readings of canonical Romantic authors as well as their more obscure works, Bundock makes a bold intervention into major concepts such as Romantic imagination, historicity, and mediation. Romantic Prophecy and the Resistance to Historicism glides across Kant's Swedenborgian dreams to Mary Shelley's Last Man and reveals how Romanticism reinvents history by turning prophecy inside out.
Christopher M. Bundock is an assistant professor in the Department of English at the University of Regina.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Prophecy and the Temporality of Being Historical 1 Secularization and the New Ends of History 2 Prophecy within the Limits of Reason Alone 3 Ghostlier Demarcations: Mysticism, Trauma, Anachronism 4 Beyond the Sign of History: Prophetic Semiotics and the Future's Reflection 5 The Future of an Allusion: Temporalization and Figure in Lyrical Drama 6 Auguries of Experience: Impossible History and Infernal Redemption 7 The Preface and Other False Starts: Prophesying the Book to Come 8 "a woman clothed in the Sun": Female Prophecy and Catastrophe Afterword Bibliography