“Harmonized Chaos”: The Mixed Voice of Coleridge's

Frederick J. Ruf

in Entangled Voices

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195102635
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853458 | DOI:
“Harmonized Chaos”: The Mixed Voice of Coleridge's

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This chapter examines the sort of life, or the sort of self, that may be constructed by a mixed work. It is different from that presented by a strict narrative, being (rather roughly) characterized by multiplicity and by being subject to (or privileged to) disturbance and surprise. The chapter proposes to look rather closely at the Biographia Literaria of Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a vivid example of a work that is extravagantly mixed. It discusses the mixture of genres in this work, presents the sort of a self that its mixture models, and points out certain religious ramifications of this mixed self, namely, affinities with the thought of David Tracy and Mark Taylor. In regard to the actual variety of forms in Biographia, the chapter identifies eighteen different kinds of discourse in the work, differentiated chiefly as to the sort of voice with which each speaks.

Keywords: David Tracy; Mark Taylor; genres; self; mixture; Biographia Literaria; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; voice; forms

Chapter.  5581 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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