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By Edward Larrissy

Within the first full-length literary-historical learn of its topic, Edward Larrissy examines the philosophical and literary heritage to representations of blindness and the blind within the Romantic interval. In special reports of literary works he is going directly to convey how the subject is critical to an knowing of British and Irish Romantic literature.
While he considers the impression of Milton and the 'Ossian' poems, in addition to of philosophers, together with Locke, Diderot, Berkeley and Thomas Reid, a lot of the booklet is taken up with new readings of writers of the interval. those comprise canonical authors equivalent to Blake, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, Keats and Percy and Mary Shelley, in addition to much less famous writers reminiscent of Charlotte Brooke and Ann Batten Cristall. there's additionally a bankruptcy at the well known style of enhancing stories for kids through writers equivalent to Barbara Hofland and Mary Sherwood.

Larrissy reveals that, regardless of the nostalgia for a bardic age of inward imaginative and prescient, the manager emphasis within the interval is at the compensations of more desirable sensitivity to track and phrases. This repayment turns into linked to the loss and achieve eager about the modernity of a post-bardic age. Representations of blindness and the blind are discovered to clarify a pressure on the middle of the Romantic interval, among the need for immediacy of imaginative and prescient at the one hand and, at the different, the ancient self-consciousness which regularly attends it.

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