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Wordsworth, Freud and the Spots of Time
Interpretation in 'The Prelude'

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  • Date Published: February 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521128520

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  • The passages in Wordsworth's Prelude known as the 'spots of time' have always been regarded as important and impressive but have seldom been satisfactorily explained. Whilst there is general agreement about how well they are written, there is none at all about what they might mean. David Ellis sets out to resolve this paradox and, since the passages which concern him deal with very private moments in Wordsworth's life and have an interest which is largely psychological, he considers how far a knowledge of Freud might be relevant to their understanding. His attempt to clarify what is at once the most intriguing and baffling aspect of Wordsworth's great autobiographical poem leads Ellis to make challenging suggestions about how the whole work should be read. This is a book for the student and general reader of Wordsworth as well as for specialists. It should also appeal to those with an interest in the nature of autobiography or the use (and the misuse) of psych-analytic concepts in literary interpretation.

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    • Date Published: February 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521128520
    • length: 208 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Part I. The Spots of Time:
    1. Fathers and sons
    2. Violence, sex and the misuse of Freud
    3. The discharged soldier
    4. The first spot of time
    Part II. The Mind as Lord and Master:
    1. Explanations (how)
    2. Explanations (why)
    3. The drowned man
    4. The role of reading
    5. Drawing death's sting
    6. The Winander boy
    7. Comparisons
    Part III. Wordsworthian Optimism:
    1. Objections
    2. Wordsworth and the shepherds
    3. Visions
    4. Conclusions
    A note on Hartman
    Appendix
    Notes
    Index.

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    David Ellis

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