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Jurgen Pieters

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615889

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615889.001.0001

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The Historical Shiver: Flaubert, Michelet and Keats

The Historical Shiver: Flaubert, Michelet and Keats

(p.85) Chapter 3 The Historical Shiver: Flaubert, Michelet and Keats
Speaking With the Dead

Jürgen Pieters

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes the contributions of Michelet, Gustave Flaubert, and John Keats in the Romantic age. Flaubert felt connected to the depths of his soul with the people who paced the same ground centuries ago. Michelet was fascinated by the experiences that Flaubert characterised as historical frissons. Michelet's diaries indicate that his love for Madame Dumesnil strengthened his belief that the practice of the historian entails a fundamental service to the dead. Keats coined the phrase ‘negative capability’ to refer to the same poetic faculty that Wordsworth addressed. The chapter illustrates that Keats's ode intervened in a contemporary debate about the cognitive value of works of art.

Keywords:   Michelet, Gustave Flaubert, John Keats, Madame Dumesnil, dead, negative capability, Wordsworth

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