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The Poetics of Poesis: The Making of Nineteenth-Century English Fiction (Hardback)

Felicia Bonaparte

ISBN 10: 0813937329 / ISBN 13: 9780813937328
Edité par University of Virginia Press, United States, 2016
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Examining nineteenth-century novels and philosophical essays on the conception of fictional form, Felicia Bonaparte sees the novel in this period not as the continuation of eighteenth-century realism but as a genre unto itself. Determined to address the crises that had shattered the age, and drawing on the thought of the early German Romantics, these novelists created a form that would remake the world. They spoke of this process as poesis, with the purpose of embodying the idealistic in the real and the requirement of a double plot and a double language to convey it. The novel carried this double meaning in the language of mythical symbolism. Bonaparte argues that it is in such language that this fiction must be read. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9780813937328

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Titre : The Poetics of Poesis: The Making of ...

Éditeur : University of Virginia Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2016

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Examining novels written in nineteenth-century England and throughout most of the West, as well as philosophical essays on the conception of fictional form, Felicia Bonaparte sees the novel in this period not as the continuation of eighteenth-century "realism," as has commonly been assumed, but as a genre unto itself. Determined to address the crises in religion and philosophy that had shattered the foundations by which the past had been sustained, novelists of the nineteenth century felt they had no real alternative but to make the world anew.

Finding in the new ideas of the early German Romantics a theory precisely designed for the remaking of the world, these novelists accepted Friedrich Schlegel’s challenge to create a form that would render such a remaking possible. They spoke of their theory as poesis, etymologically "a making," to distinguish it from the mimesis associated with "realism." Its purpose, however, was not only to embody, as George Eliot put it in Middlemarch, "the idealistic in the real," giving as faithful an account of the real as observation can yield, but also to embody in that conception of the real a discussion of ideas that are its "symbolic signification," as Edward Bulwer-Lytton described it in one of his essays. It was to carry this double meaning that the nineteenth-century novelist created, Bonaparte concludes, the language of mythical symbolism that came to be the norm for this form, and she argues that it is in this doubled language that nineteenth-century fiction must be read.

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Felicia Bonaparte, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York, is the author of The Gypsy-Bachelor of Manchester: The Life of Mrs. Gaskell’s Demon (Virginia).

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