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Title: The younger Romantics and the culture of collaboration
Author: Hay, D. E.
Awarding Body: University of Cambridge
Current Institution: University of Cambridge
Date of Award: 2007
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Abstract:
This thesis is a study of the network of exchange and influence operating between the group of writers and intellectuals gathered around Percy Bysshe Shelley and Leigh Hunt. It traces the contours of this network through an investigation of different collaborative modes, in order to delineate the culture of collaboration which produced the texts under discussion. The thesis has two central aims. First it aims to expose the communal creative practices via which the network operating between the Younger Romantics structures itself. Second, it aims to elucidate the intellectual and theoretical significance of Romantic collaboration. The thesis presents a series of interlinked case studies, which demonstrate both the intellectual potential of and the problems immanent in the creative practices under discussion. Chapter One is a study of the conversations between Byron and Shelley manifested in the manuscripts of the third canto of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1816) and in Julian and Maddalo (1824), while Chapter Two is an analysis of the Frankenstein (1818) notebooks, and the dialogue between the Shelleys which emerges in Shelley’s marginal annotations. In Chapter Three the focus shifts to the circle gathered around Leigh Hunt, with an exploration of his philosophy of sociability (as manifested in foliage (1818)) and the impact of this philosophy on the poetry of John Keats, and on Keats’s sonnets and Endymion (1818) in particular. Chapter Four offers a fresh perspective on the history of The Liberal (1822-23) and on it seemingly miscellaneous contents, while Chapter Five focuses on two non-literary works – Elizabeth Kent’s Flora Domestica (1823) and Hunt’s manuscript of ‘Musical Evenings’ (co-authored with Vincent Novello) – to illustrate that the culture of collaboration operating between the Younger Romantics results in works which transcend disciplinary boundaries. These case studies reveal a paradox: texts which represent isolation and a failure of communication are themselves the product of sociable exchange. Exploring the intellectual and theoretical consequences of this paradox is the central project of this thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.603873  DOI: Not available
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