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Imagined Sovereignties: Toward a New Political Romanticism

Kir Kuiken
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Book
Published
New York : Fordham University Press, 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
ISBN
9780823257676, 0823257673
Summary
"Imagined Sovereignties argues that the Romantics reconceived not just the nature of aesthetic imagination but also the conditions in which a specific form of political sovereignty could be realized through it. Articulating the link between the poetic imagination and secularized sovereignty requires more than simply replacing God with the subjective imagination and thereby ratifying the bourgeois liberal subject. Through close readings of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Shelley, the author elucidates how Romanticism's reassertion of poetic power in place of the divine sovereign articulates an alternative understanding of secularization in forms of sovereignty that are no longer modeled on transcendence, divine or human. These readings ask us to reexamine not only the political significance of Romanticism but also its place within the development of modern politics. Certain aspects of Romanticism still provide an important resource for rethinking the limits of the political in our own time. This book will be a crucial source for those interested in the political legacy of Romanticism, as well as for anyone concerned with critical theoretical approaches to politics in the present"--
"Examines the political significance of the concept of the imagination in key authors of British Romanticism, specifically Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley, and argues that their work presents an alternative understanding of the secularization of the political and of the development of modern political sovereignty"--
Contents
  • Introduction: Toward a New Political Romanticism
  • 1. "Honest Indignation is the Voice of God": Blake and Political Theology
  • 2. The Blind Spot of Power: Sovereignty and Unconditionality in Coleridge's Biographia Literaria and The Friend
  • 3. "To the Great Ends of Liberty and Power": Community and the problem of Sovereignty in Wordsworth's Prelude
  • 4. Shelley's Metaleptic Imagination and the Future of Modern Sovereignty
  • Epilogue: "Upping the Ante".
Description
x, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-259) and index.
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