John Clare in Context

Geoffrey Summerfield, Hugh Haughton, Adam Phillips
Cambridge University Press, 1994 M05 12 - 313 páginas
The marginalisation of John Clare, despite renewed interest in Romanticism and the literature of madness, is still an enigma. Perhaps more than any other poet of the period, Clare has never found the contexts in which his poetry can be read. This important collection of new critical essays locates Clare’s work from diverse points of view, identifying the obstacles to his reception as a major poet. It includes chapters on landscape and botany, Clare’s politics, his madness, Clare and the critics, and a remarkable essay by Seamus Heaney on Clare’s importance as a poetic precursor. This volume will be a landmark in the history of his reception, revealing the ways in which an appreciation of this unique poet revises the canon of Romantic and Victorian literature.

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Clare and the critics Mark Storey
The Nightingales Nest
the trespasser John Goodridge and Kelsey
a bicentenary lecture Seamus Heaney
Clares politics John Lucas
The exposure of John Clare Adam Phillips
John Clares
Clare botany and
John Clare and the asylum
Selected further reading
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Hugh Haughton is a senior lecturer at the University of York. He edited Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for Penguin Classics. His specialty is in the area of Irish literature and the literature of nonsense. Haughton was born in county Cork in the Republic of Ireland and educated at Cambridge and Oxford.

Adam Phillips is the author of six previous books, including "The Beast in the Nursery" & "Monogamy" (both available form Vintage). Formerly the principal child psychotherapist at Charing Cross Hospital in London, he lives in England.

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