Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom Celeste Langan

ISBN: 9780521035101

Published: December 14th 2006

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316 pages


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Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom  by  Celeste Langan

Romantic Vagrancy: Wordsworth and the Simulation of Freedom by Celeste Langan
December 14th 2006 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 316 pages | ISBN: 9780521035101 | 3.44 Mb

Romantic Vagrancy offers a provocative account of Wordsworths representation of walking as the exercise of imagination, by tracing a recurrent analogy between the poet in search of materials and the literally dispossessed beggars and vagrants heMoreRomantic Vagrancy offers a provocative account of Wordsworths representation of walking as the exercise of imagination, by tracing a recurrent analogy between the poet in search of materials and the literally dispossessed beggars and vagrants he encounters.

Reading Wordsworth--and Rousseau before him--from the perspective of current debates about the political and social rights of the homeless, Celeste Langan argues that both literature and vagrancy are surprisingly rich and disturbing images of the negative freedom at the heart of liberalism. Langan shows how the formal structure of the Romantic poem--the improvisational excursion--mirrors its apparent themes, often narratives of impoverishment or abandonment.

According to Langan, the encounter between the beggar and the passerby in Wordsworths poetry does not simply reveal a social conscience or its lack- it represents the advent of the liberal subject, whose identity is stretched out between origin and destination, caught between economic and political forces, and the workings of desire.

Langans powerful and innovative argument revises current views both of Wordsworths poetry and of the relation of literature to its social and political context.



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