A Critical Reading
In Shelley: Poet and Legislator of the World Betty T. Bennett and Stuart Curran bring together an internationally recognized group of scholars to focus on Percy Bysshe Shelley's conception of the poet's social role and how that conception has changed over time. The authors consider the cultural and political forces within Shelley's society and his attempts to establish a new role for the poet in its renovation. They examine the ways in which Shelley's thought engages contemporary debates on feminism, class structure, political representation, and human rights, and how it in turn affects radical politics in England. They describe his impact on other cultures, particularly in national liberation movements of both the 19th and 20th centuries. And they discuss the continuing presence and relevance of his ideas within the contemporary social and intellectual arena.
Contributors: Donald H. Reiman, Greg Kucich, Terence Hoagwood, William Keach, Mark Kipperman, Michael Erkelenz, Gary Kelly, Annnette Wheeler Cafarelli, Neil Fraistat, Michael Scrivener, Bouthaina Shaaban, E. Douka Kabitoglou, Lilla Maria Crisafulli Jones, Marilyn Butler, Meena Alexander, Alan Weinberg, Steven E. Jones, Horst Höhne, Andrew J. Bennett, Karen A. Weisman, P.M.S. Dawson, Tilottama Rajan, Linda Brigham, Arkady Plotnitsky.
About the Authors
Betty T. Bennett is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the American University. She is editor of the widely acclaimed Letters of Mary Wollstonecroft Shelley and author of Mary Diana Dods: A Gentlemen and a Scholar, both available from Johns Hopkins. Stuart Curran is professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his books are Poetic Form and British Romanticism, Shelley's Annus Mirabilis, and Shelley's Cenci: Scorpions Ringed with Fire.
An outstandingly fine collection of essays. One is impressed not just by the excellence of the individual contributions but by the uniformly high level of writing and thinking. The traditional, 'aesthetic' approach to Shelley is eschewed, with the emphasis very much on Shelley the political and social thinker.
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