Blasphemy and politics in romantic literature: Creativity in the writing of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Whickman, Paul 2020. Blasphemy and politics in romantic literature: Creativity in the writing of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Springer International Publishing.
AuthorsWhickman, Paul
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This book argues for the importance of blasphemy in shaping the literature and readership of Percy Bysshe Shelley and of the Romantic period more broadly. Not only are perceptions of blasphemy taken to be inextricable from politics, this book also argues for blasphemous ‘irreverence’ as both inspiring and necessitating new poetic creativity. The book reveals the intersection of blasphemy, censorship and literary property throughout the ‘Long Eighteenth Century’, attesting to the effect of this connection on Shelley’s poetry more specifically. Paul Whickman notes how Shelley’s perceived blasphemy determined the nature and readership of his published works through censorship and literary piracy. Simultaneously, Whickman crucially shows that aesthetics, content and the printed form of the physical text are interconnected and that Shelley’s political and philosophical views manifest themselves in his writing both formally and thematically.

KeywordsRomanticism, Percy Shelley, Blasphemy, Politics, Creativity, Censorship, Poetry; Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
ISBN9783030465698
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-46570-4
Web address (URL)http://www.springer.com/tdm
hdl:10545/624881
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Publication dates07 Jun 2020
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Accepted2020
Year2020
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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