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Revisionary Gleam

De Quincey, Coleridge and the High Romantic Argument

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 36


July 1st, 1999

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This study includes much new information on Thomas De Quincey and his critical engagement with Coleridge, Wordsworth, Burke, Kant and others. The author subtly and convincingly brings overlooked dimensions of De Quincey’s politics to the fore, and examines essays often ignored. The impressive reading of the Liverpool circle and the 1803 Diary should lead to reassessments of this period in De Quincey’s development.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Textual Note and Abbreviations13
1: ‘A Man Darkly Wonderful’: Coleridgean Reorientations in De Quincey Criticism23
2: ‘Like the Ghost in Hamlet’: Radical Politics and Revisionary Interpretation53
3: Revolutionary Joy: De Quincey’s Discovery of Lyrical Ballads93
4: The Pains of Growth: Language and Cultural Politics135
5: Power and Knowledge: English Nationalism and the Mediation of Kant in England175
6: De Quincey as Critic: Politics of Style and Representation of Wordsworth219
Conclusion: Visions and Revisions: New Directions in De Quincey Studies283
A: Three Uncollected Coleridgean Marginalia From De Quincey291
B: Lessons of the French Revolution305
C: ‘To William Tait, Esquire’311
Works Cited315