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At the heart of Wordsworth's concerns is the question of how travel - both foreign and everyday - might also become an adventure into philosophy itself. This is an art of travel both as an approach to experience - one that draws on habits in order to revise them in the shock of new - and as a poetic approach that gives voice to the singular and foreign through the unique shapes of verse. Close readings of Wordsworth's 'pictures of Nature, Man, and Society' show how the natural is entangled with - and not simply opposed to, as many critics have suggested - the social, the political and the historical in this verse. This book draws on both eighteenth-century anthropology and travel literature, and debates in modern critical theory, to highlight Wordsworth's remarkable originality and his ongoing ability to transform our theoretical prejudgements in the unknown territory of the travel encounter.Read more
- Proposes a new interpretation of Wordsworth in terms of travel as a search for 'states of nature'
- Interweaves historical, philosophical and aesthetic approaches
- Challenges 'historicist' criticism of Wordsworth's 'ideological' conservatism
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'Wordsworth and the Art of Philosophical Travel is, in my opinion, one of the best books on Wordsworth of the past ten years.' Adam Potkay, Studies in RomanticismSee more reviews
'Offord's book … offers genuine hope, opening new avenues into the reading of Wordsworth's poetry. Wordsworth and the Art of Philosophical Travel is an incisive, theoretically deft, historically well-informed account of this poetry.' Michael Wiley, Wordsworth Circle
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- Date Published: July 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107155589
- dimensions: 235 x 160 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Salisbury Plain
2. Building, dwelling, embodying
3. 'The Discharged Soldier'
4. The commonwealth of song
6. 'Man working for himself'
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