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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period$
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Edward Larrissy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632817

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.001.0001

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(p.204) Chapter 9 Conclusion
The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Edward Larrissy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews the idea of blindness, which is central to some of the important texts of British Romanticism, and observes that the blind and the developed figures of blindness provide various ways of exploring an individual consciousness which imagines itself as lost in history. It concludes that the relevant collection of ideas on blindness is a result of a meditation on the status of the blind which preoccupied the thinkers of the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   blindness, British Romanticism, blind, figures of blindness, individual consciousness, thinkers, eighteenth century

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