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Shelley Criticism from Deconstruction to the Present

Arthur Bradley

in The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558360
Published online January 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199558360.013.0043

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Shelley Criticism from Deconstruction to the Present

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This chapter examines criticisms of Shelley from Deconstruction to the present, discussing how New Historicism forever changed Shelley criticism in the 1980s. It argues that the contemporary state of literary criticism remains ‘Shelleyan’. While there seems to be no bigger cliché about Shelley than to claim that he is the ‘poet of mutability’, this philosophy of becoming remains one of the most complex aspects of his thought.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley; poems; prose; poetry; New Historicism; literary criticism; becoming; mutability

Article.  7800 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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