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The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Edited by Michael O'Neill, Anthony Howe and with the Assistance of Madeleine Callaghan

Volume 1, issue Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199558360.001.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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The Oxford Handbook of 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 and offers a wide-ranging single-volume body of writings on Shelley, building 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. The book is divided into five thematic sections: biography and relationships; prose; poetry; cultures, traditions, and 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 the range of his achievement in prose works from novels to political and poetic treatises; the third section explores his creativity and gift as a poet, emphasizing his capacity to excel in many different poetic genres; the fourth section looks at his 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; and 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.

Keywords: Shelley studies; poetry; prose; cultures; traditions; influences; Ashes and sparks; muse-figures; creativity; literary cultures

Book.  733 pages. 

Subjects: Literature

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Introduction in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Shelley and the British Isles in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Shelley and Italy in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Resolutions, Destinations in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Shelley and Women in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Shelley and His Publishers in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Shelley and Philosophy in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Religion and Ethics in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Love, Sexuality, Gender in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Politics and Satire in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

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