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James D. Lilley

in Common Things: Romance and the Aesthetics of Belonging in Atlantic Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255153
eISBN:
9780823261062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255153.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In chapter 1, I read the preface to Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto—the first work of modern fiction to identify itself as a romance—in order to discuss the ways in which the singular text ... More


No Thing in Common

James D. Lilley

in Common Things: Romance and the Aesthetics of Belonging in Atlantic Modernity

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823255153
eISBN:
9780823261062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823255153.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Chapter 5 shows how Walpole and Poe refuse to imagine community as a simple collection of common things. They instead practice a philosophy of “uniquity” that values and collects the singular for its ... More


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