Romanticism and the Androgynous Sublime
Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - 153 ページ
This book studies and articulates the emergence from the poetical subtext of six major English romantics of "the androgynous sublime," a mode that conflates the motif of psychic androgyny (traceable as far back as the Book of Genesis and Plato's Symposium) with the mode of sublimity, first discussed by Longinus and much debated from the eighteenth century onward.
Frequently echoed by the romantic poets, Milton's description of the Holy Spirit's role in the creation of the world is androgynous.
Since humane creativity mirrors divine creativity, it follows that the artist qua artist muct also be androgynous - that is, endowed with what Lyrical Ballads, calls "a more comprehensive soul" than is "supposed to be common among mankind."
Characterized by a flexuous, limber style and an association with androgynous subject matter, the androgynous sublime subverts conventional notions of sublimity while offering a more comprehensive model with which to supplement, of non supplant, them.
The methodology of this study is to present a "counter-deconstructive" reading of the text and, where applicable, designs of Blake, as well as the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, seen from this somewhat novel but not ignoble perspective.
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Blakes Myth of Divine Androgyny
Theogony and Androgyny
From Misogyny to Renewed Androgyny
Theology versus Androgyny
The Androgynous Sublime
Wordsworth and the Patriarchal Sublime
The Aqueous and Admonitory Sublime
Manfred as Destroyer and Preserver
Androgynous Sublimity in Don Juan
Shelleys Androgynous Quest
Shelleys intensest rime
The Sublime Androgyny of Adonais
Keatss Immortal Androgyny
False versus Sublime Androgyny
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16 ページ - So God created man in his own image ; — male and female created he them.
16 ページ - Aonian mount, while it pursues Things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme. And chiefly thou, O Spirit, that dost prefer Before all temples the upright heart and pure, Instruct me, for thou know'st; thou from the first Wast present, and, with mighty wings outspread, Dove-like, sat'st brooding on the vast abyss, And mad'st it pregnant...