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Ted Geier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424714

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424714.001.0001

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A Parliament of Monsters: Romantic Nonhumans and Victorian Erasure

A Parliament of Monsters: Romantic Nonhumans and Victorian Erasure

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(p.27) Chapter 1 A Parliament of Monsters: Romantic Nonhumans and Victorian Erasure
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Meat Markets
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Ted Geier

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424714.003.0002

Shows the robust nonhuman concern in Romantic works through new readings of Mary Shelley, Burns, Wordsworth, Clare, and Coleridge. The chapter traces these themes and forms of threatened, abject life as an expansive multispecies community of suffering. These works interrogate the weakness of expressive forms, performing the very captivity they lament. Wordsworth’s poem on the Bartholomew Fair is a fulcrum to the London studies in the book. These forms of expression are then examined in Dickens’s narratology and the narrator-object Esther in Bleak House.

Keywords:   Nonhuman, Form, Suffering, Community, Bleak House

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