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By Jan Plug

This ebook recasts questions about the overlapping obstacles of language, heritage, and politics which have been on the middle of serious and theoretical debates within the research of Romantic literature and concept. whereas poststructuralism and deconstruction were accused of privileging language over historical past, the recent Historicism and different historicist and cultural techniques to literature have tried to revive historical past s position within the learn of literature. Taking its identify from a analyzing of the be aware Lippe in Kleist s Die Hermannsschlacht, Borders of a Lip is attracted to neither of those poles, yet as a substitute to their assembly position or twist of fate: the location of a border, a political or nationwide boundary, even the boundary that's the political, the lip that also is where of language. via readings of Kant, Wordsworth, Kleist, Mary Shelley, Yeats, and Lyotard, the publication examines the convergence of language and historical past that happens of their paintings. rather than putting language and heritage in absolute competition, making the border an unbreachable restrict, the publication explores how crossing those borders (re)defines the political."

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