Silence, Sublimity and Suppression in the Romantic Period

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This collection of essays by researchers on both sides of the Atlantic is centered on a single theme capable of two main interpretations. First, it is concerned with the role of silence, the sublime and the transcendental. Secondly, it investigates silence as exclusion, suppression and censorship. Offering fresh readings of a wide variety of literary works, from Shelley to Eliza Fenwick.

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Foreword; Preface by Michael O’Neill; Introduction
1. Mont Blanc’s Revolutionary ‘Voice’: Shelley and the Discourse on the Sublime (Cian Duffy)
2. ‘[W]hate’er these words cannot express’: Transgressive Fictions in Shelley’s ‘Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,’ ‘To a Skylark,” and ‘Ode to the West Wind’ (Mark Sandy)
3. The Existential Crisis in the Silence of Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn” (Scott Masson
4. The ‘Achievements of Genius’: Silence and Female Literary Originality (Fiona Price)
5. Speaking of Dread: Silence and the Sublime in Eliza Fenwick’s Secresy, of The Ruin on the Rock (Sue Chapin)
6. ‘In Mute Extacy’: Communing with history and nature in Mary Shelley’s Valperga (Rachel Woolley)
7. Taking Possession – Romantic Naming in Wordsworth and Southey (Carol Bolton)
8. Singing the Sofa: Mansfield Park and William Cowper (Bharat Tandon)
9. Breaking ‘the Silent Sabbath of the Grave’: Charlotte Smith’s Quiet Gaze at Grief (Amy Billone)
10. Retold Tales and Structured Silences in The Excursion (Sally Bushell)

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