Strange Fits Of Passion

Author: Adela Pinch
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804725484
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This book contends that when late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century writers sought to explain the origins of emotions, they often discovered that their feelings may not really have been their own. It explores the paradoxes of representing feelings in philosophy, aesthetic theory, gender ideology, literature, and popular sentimentality, and it argues that this period’s obsession with sentimental, wayward emotion was inseparable from the dilemmas resulting from attempts to locate the origins of feelings in experience. The book shows how these epistemological dilemmas became gendered by studying a series of extravagantly affective scenes: Hume’s extraordinary confession of his own melancholy in the Treatise of Human Nature; Charlotte Smith’s insistence that she really feels the gloomy feelings portrayed in her Elegiac Sonnets; Wordsworth’s witnessing of a woman poet reading and weeping; tearful exchanges between fathers and daughters in the gothic novel; the climactic debate over the strengths of men’s and women’s feelings in Jane Austen’s Persuasion; and the poetic and public mourning of a dead princess in 1817.

Strange Fits Of Passion

Author: Anita Shreve
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0349140812
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A young and successful journalist working in New York, Maureen English appears to have the perfect life and family. But Maureen's husband, a highly respected fellow reporter, has in private a tendency towards alcohol and violent abuse. When the situation at home becomes intolerable, Maureen takes her baby daughter and flees. In a Maine fishing town she assumes a new identity and spends six weeks battling sub-zero temperatures, the intrusive glare of the townsfolk - and her fears of discovery. Against the force of the wintry sea- the cawing of the gulls, the lobstermen hauling their catch, the press of waves against the rocks - Maureen settles into the rhythms of a new life. Two married men pursue her, and one captures her heart. But this calming respite ends suddenly, leaving in its wake a murder, a rape charge, a suicide and a helpless child. Nearly nineteen years later, a cache of documents regarding Maureen English - abused, accused and imprisoned - are given to her daughter by the journalist who made her name reporting the case. The truth should lie within them, but the papers raise far more questions than they answer...

Strange Fits Of Passion I Too Have Known

Author: Julian Scutts
ISBN: 0244806489
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The picture on the front cover may need a word of explanation. Why should the author appear holding a copy of one of his books? I hope this is not an indication of vanity in my case. I plead that the issue at stake here is reflexivity. After a while authors may find themselves reading long forgotten passages they have written and thus become the critics of their own works. Inevitably they will fault with lapses of style and inept or colourless forms of expression. On the other hand they may find the occasional felicitous turn of phrase and even purple passages among long screeds of otherwise mediocre prose. Why did these passages go under and what can be done to bring them to the surface to the possible gratification and enrichment of the reading public?

A World Of Difference

Author: Barbara Johnson
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801837456
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The revised two-volume edition of this classic in feminist literature makes available to new generations of students and scholars an original, well written and carefully thought-out representation of civilization's development. Elise Boulding offers a comprehensive and fascinating inventory of women's contributions to history over time and presents many invaluable models which can assist in relating history from a much-needed women's perspective. Volume One concentrates on pre history and the earliest civilizing roles of women. Volume Two focuses on the transition centuries and includes additional new material on the 20th century women's movement and the resultant social transformations, as well as an exciting epilogue enti

Lyrical Ballads

Author: William Wordsworth
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The Oxford Handbook Of William Wordsworth

Author: Richard Gravil
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191019658
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The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth deploys its forty-eight original essays, by an international team of scholar-critics, to present a stimulating account of Wordsworth's life and achievement and to map new directions in criticism. Nineteen essays explore the highlights of a long career systematically, giving special prominence to the lyric Wordsworth of Lyrical Ballads and the Poems in Two Volumes and to the blank verse poet of 'The Recluse'. Most of the other essays return to the poetry while exploring other dimensions of the life and work of the major Romantic poet. The result is a dialogic exploration of many major texts and problems in Wordsworth scholarship. This uniquely comprehensive handbook is structured so as to present, in turn, Wordsworth's life, career, and networks; aspects of the major lyrical and narrative poetry; components of 'The Recluse'; his poetical inheritance and his transformation of poetics; the variety of intellectual influences upon his work, from classical republican thought to modern science; his shaping of modern culture in such fields as gender, landscape, psychology, ethics, politics, religion and ecology; and his 19th- and 20th-century reception-most importantly by poets, but also in modern criticism and scholarship.