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Post-Romantic Relations: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Emily Brontё

Wootton, Sarah

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Across a series of essays and articles published between 2007 and 2012, Michael O’Neill placed Emily Brontë in “productive commerce” with her Romantic forebears, spotlighting Percy Bysshe Shelley (2010; O’Neill 636). The argument that follows profits from O’Neill’s reading of Brontë’s post-Romantic individualism as enmeshed in and emerging from divided perspectives and doubleness of feeling. This essay also considers the possibilities that arise from and the implications of regarding Brontë as a close, if at times circumspect, co-partner of the Romantic project. How can we reconcile Brontë as a “proximate” Romantic writer who wrote in Shelley’s slipstream with O’Neill’s observation that her “post-Shelleyan vision” renders her an “unplaceable poet, who resists our categorizing endeavours” (2011; O’Neill 59)? Seen within a broader context, how might Brontë’s resurrected Shelley move the dial on debates about Romantic receptions, refocusing attention from post-Romantic corrective to creative continuation?

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 6, 2024
Online Publication Date Jun 4, 2024
Publication Date Jun 4, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 9, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jul 9, 2024
Journal The Wordsworth Circle
Print ISSN 0043-8006
Electronic ISSN 2640-7310
Publisher New York University
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 1
Pages 67-88
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