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The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley (Oxford Handbooks)


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The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley takes stock of current developments in the study of a major Romantic poet and prose-writer, and seeks to advance Shelley studies beyond the current scholarship. It consists of forty-two chapters written by a prestigious international cast of established and emerging scholar-critics, and offers the most wide-ranging single-volume body of writings on Shelley. The volume builds on the textual revolution in Shelley studies, which has transformed understanding of the poet, as critics are able to focus on what Shelley actually wrote. This Handbook is divided into five thematic sections: Biography and Relationships; Prose; Poetry; Cultures, Traditions, Influences; and Afterlives. The first section reappraises Shelley's life and relationships, including those with his publishers through whom he sought to reach an audience for the 'Ashes and sparks' of his thought, and with women, creative collaborators as well as muse-figures; the second section gives his under-investigated prose works detailed attention, bringing multiple perspectives to bear on his shifting and complex conceptual positions, and demonstrating out the range of his achievement in prose works from novels to political and poetic treatises; the third section explores Shelley's creativity and gift as a poet, emphasizing his capacity to excel in many different poetic genres; the fourth section looks at Shelley's response to past and present literary cultures, both English and international, and at his immersion in science, music, theatre, the visual arts, and tourism and travel; the fifth section concludes the volume by analysing Shelley's literary and cultural afterlife, from his influence on Victorians and Moderns, to his status as the exemplary poet for Deconstruction. The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley brings out the relevance to Shelley's own work of his dictum that 'All high poetry is infinite' and continues to generate original critical responses.

About the Author

Michael O'Neill is a well-known critic of poetry, and has written monographs on Shelley (1989), Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (1997), and The All-Sustaining Air (2007). He edited The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010), and has also co-edited (with Madeleine Callaghan) Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon (2011), and a much-praised anthology of Romantic poetry with detailed comments on poetic form (2007), both for Blackwell. He has published two collections of poems, and received a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990. His work has been much praised by many critics for its sensitivity to poetry and its ability to find an answerable language for poetic effects.

Anthony Howe has taught at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities and is currently Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Birmingham City University. He has published essays on Byron and Shelley and is currently finishing a monograph entitled Byron and the Forms of Thought for Liverpool University Press.

Madeleine Callaghan is Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her research specialty is the poetry of Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats, and she also has research interests in post-war British and Irish poetry. She is the co-editor (with Michael O'Neill) of Twentieth Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Michael O'Neill


Shelley and the British Isles, Donald H. Reiman and James Bieri

Shelley and Italy, Ralph Pite

Resolutions, Destinations: Shelley s Last Year, Ann Wroe

Shelley and Women, Nora Crook

Shelley and his Publishers, Stephen Behrendt


Shelley and Philosophy: On a Future State, Speculations on Metaphysics and Morals, On Life, Anthony Howe

Religion and Ethics: The Necessity of Atheism, A Refutation of Deism, On Christianity, Gavin Hopps

Love, Sexuality, Gender: On Love, Discourse on Love, and The Banquet of Plato, Teddi Lynn Chichester

Politics and Satire, Steven E. Jones

Politics, Protest, and Social Reform: Irish Pamphlets, Notes to Queen Mab, Letter to Lord Ellenborough, A Philosophical View of Reform, Michael Scrivener

Poetics, Paul Hamilton

Prose Fiction: Zastrozzi, St. Irvyne, The Assassins, The Coliseum, Diane Long Hoeveler

Shelley's Letters, Daisy Hay


Shelley's Draft Notebooks, Nancy Moore Goslee

Lyric Development: Esdaile Notebook to Hymns of 1816, David Duff

Epic Experiments: Queen Mab and Laon and Cythna, Jack Donovan

Quest Poetry: Alastor and Epipsychidion, Mark Sandy

Lyrical Drama: Prometheus Unbound and Hellas, Stuart Curran

Tragedy: The Cenci and Swellfoot the Tyrant, Michael Rossington

Shelley's Familiar Style : Rosalind and Helen, Julian and Maddalo, and Letter to Maria Gisborne, Anthony Howe

Sonnets and Odes, Michael O'Neill

Popular Songs and Ballads: Writing the Unwritten Story in 1819, Susan Wolfson

Visionary Rhyme: The Sensitive-Plant and The Witch of Atlas, Jerrold E. Hogle

Lyrics and Love Poems: Poems to Sophia Stacey, Jane Williams, and Mary Shelley, Shahidha Bari

Shelley's Pronouns: Lyrics, Hellas, Adonais, and The Triumph of Life, Michael O'Neill


Shelley and the Bible, Ian Balfour

Shelley, Mythology, and the Classical Tradition, Anthony John Harding

Shelley and the Italian Tradition, Alan Weinberg

Origins of Evil: Shelley, Goethe, Calderon, and Rousseau, Frederick Burwick

Shelley and Milton, Madeleine Callaghan

Shelley and the English Tradition: Spenser and Pope, Michael O'Neill and Paige Tovey

Shelley and His Contemporaries, Kelvin Everest

Shelley and Music, Jessica K. Quillin

Shelley, Shakespeare, and Theatre, Bernard Beatty

Shelley, the Visual Arts, and Cinema, Sarah Wootton

Shelley's Sciences, Marilyn Gaull

Shelley, Travel, and Tourism, Benjamin Colbert


Shelley and the Nineteenth Century, Richard Cronin

The Influences of Shelley on Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Poetry, Jeffrey C. Robinson

Editing Shelley, Michael Rossington

Shelley Criticism from Romanticism to Modernism, Jane Stabler

Shelley Criticism from Deconstruction to the Present, Arthur Bradley

Product Details

O'neill, Michael
Oxford University Press, USA
Callaghan, Madeleine
Howe, Anthony
O'Neill, Michael
Literature/English | Poetry | British & Irish
Literary Criticism : General
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
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7 x 9.8 x 1.7 in 3.15 lb

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