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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period
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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Edward Larrissy

Abstract

This book examines the philosophical and literary background to representations of blindness and the blind in the Romantic period. In detailed studies of literary works the author shows how the topic is central to an understanding of British and Irish Romantic literature. While he considers the influence of Milton and the ‘Ossian’ poems, as well as of philosophers including Locke, Diderot, Berkeley and Thomas Reid, much of the book is taken up with new readings of writers of the period. These include canonical authors such as Blake, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, Keats and Percy and Mary Shelley, a ... More

Keywords: blindness, blind, Romantic period, Romantic literature, self-consciousness, Ossian, inward vision, bardic age, nostalgia, improving tales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748632817
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Larrissy, author