This collection of essays by researchers on both sides of the Atlantic is centered on a single theme capable of two main interpretations. First, it is concerned with the role of silence, the sublime, and the transcendental. Secondly, it investigates silence as exclusion, suppression and censorship. Offering fresh readings of a wide variety of literary works, from Shelley to Eliza Fenwick.
Foreword i Preface Michael O'Neill iii Acknowledgements v Introduction 1 Mont Blanc's Revolutionary 'Voice': Shelley and the Discourse on the Sublime Cian Duffy 15 '[W]hate'er these words cannot express': Transgressive Fictions in Shelley's 'Hymn to Intellectual Beauty', 'To a Skylark', and 'Ode to the West Wind' Mark Sandy 37 The Existential Crisis in the Silence of Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' Scott Masson 59 'The Achievements of Genius': Silence and Female Literary Originality Fiona Price 85 Speaking of Dread: Silence and the Sublime in Eliza Fenwick's Secresy, or The Ruin on the Rock Sue Chapin 109 'In Mute Extacy': Communing with history and nature in Mary Shelley's Valperga Rachel Woolley 129 Taking Possession - Romantic Naming in Wordsworth and Southey Carol Bolton 149 Singing the Sofa: Mansfield Park and William Cowper Bharat Tandon 169 Breaking 'the Silent Sabbath of the Grave': Charlotte Smith's Quiet Gaze at Grief Amy Billone 193 Retold Tales and Structured Silences in The Excursion Sally Bushell 211