Professor Christoph Bode (University of Munich): ‘Discursive Constructions of Identity in British Romanticism’
This lecture will take a look at how subjective identities are constructed in William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, John Keats and Charlotte Smith. It will be shown that, although all four poets work within the paradox-prone paradigm of a Romantic self which tries to constitute itself out of itself, they come up with radically divergent solutions to the challange of discursive self-modelling. A brief outlook on twentieth-century poetic models of selfhood and identity (e.,g. Wallace Stevens) will prepare the way for a tentative answer to the question of whether we still operate within the Romantic framework of discursive self-construction or whether we have moved beyond it.
This is part of the 'Modelling the Self' public lecture series.
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