Coleridge's <i>Lectures 1808–1819: on Literature</i>

Matthew Scott

in The Oxford Handbook of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644179
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Coleridge's Lectures 1808–1819: on Literature

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This article examines Samuel Taylor Coleridge's lectures on literature during the period from 1808 to 1819. It provides an account of Coleridge as a lecturer in the context of his audience and discusses the reception of his lectures. The article describes the circumstances of his literary lectures and comments on the value of his lectures on the works of William Shakespeare and John Milton. It also considers his significant borrowings and the legacy of his lectures on the history of literary criticism.

Keywords: Samuel Taylor Coleridge; lectures; literature; William Shakespeare; John Milton; literary criticism

Article.  9055 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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