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John Clare in Context

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Hugh Haughton, Adam Philips, Mark Storey, John Goodridge, Kelsey Thornton, Seamus Heaney, John Lucas, Adam Phillips, Nicholas Birns, James McKusick, Douglas Chambers, Roy Porter, Marilyn Gaull
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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521020893

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  • The marginalization of John Clare's poetry, despite renewed interest in Romanticism and the literature of madness, is still an enigma. This important collection of new critical essays provides a welcome reappraisal in the wake of Clare's bicentenary, and will be a landmark in the history of his reception. It includes chapters on landscape and botany, Clare's politics, his madness, Clare and the critics, and a remarkable essay by Seamus Heaney on Clare's importance as a poetic precursor.

    • Major new reappraisal of a popular but critically neglected poet
    • Contributors include Seamus Heaney, Roy Porter et al.
    • Offers a broad variety of approaches to and contexts for Clare's work, including history of medicine, botany, politics, as well as literary ones
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    " impressive collection of essays, thematically linked by their emphasis on the question of the form and content of Clare's knowledge." The Wordsworth Circle

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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521020893
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 142 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.492kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    Introduction: relocating John Clare Hugh Haughton and Adam Phillips
    Clare and the critics Mark Storey
    Progress and rhyme: 'The Nightingale's Nest' and Romantic poetry Hugh Haughton
    John Clare: the trespasser John Goodridge and Kelsey Thornton
    John Clare: precursor? Seamus Heaney
    Clare's politics John Lucas
    The exposure of John Clare Adam Phillips
    'The Riddle Nature Could Not Prove': hidden landscapes in Clare's poetry Nicholas Birns
    Beyond the visionary company: John Clare's resistance to Romanticism James McKusick
    'A Love for Every Simple Weed': Clare, botany and the poetic language of lost Eden Douglas Chambers
    All madness for writing: John Clare and the asylum Roy Porter
    Clare and 'the dark system' Marilyn Gaull
    Selected further reading

  • Editors

    Hugh Haughton

    Adam Phillips

    Geoffrey Summerfield


    Hugh Haughton, Adam Philips, Mark Storey, John Goodridge, Kelsey Thornton, Seamus Heaney, John Lucas, Adam Phillips, Nicholas Birns, James McKusick, Douglas Chambers, Roy Porter, Marilyn Gaull

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