Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation

Robert Miles

in This Is Enlightenment

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226761473
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226761466 | DOI:
Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation

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This chapter examines the knowledge strategies of the self. The popular poet Edward Young and the author and critic Anna Letitia Barbauld use the figure of the “inner stranger” to reconcile a transcendental soul with a mundane self. Through a reading of the way Samuel Taylor Coleridge takes up the same figure (in “Frost at Midnight”), the chapter traces a secularizing movement from a “porous” to a “buffered” self, so the enigmatic equivocations of this “inner stranger” mediates the appearance of a distinctively modern concept of the unconscious it (or Id) within the self.

Keywords: self; knowledge; Edward Young; Anna Letitia Barbauld; inner stranger; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; mediation; unconscious

Chapter.  6596 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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