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Romantic Relays: The Epistolary Condition of Imagination in Coleridge, Byron, and Poe

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dc.contributor.advisor Manning, Peter J. en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Scheckel, Susan en_US
dc.contributor.author Neefe, Lauren en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of English. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:52:55Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:52:55Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77573 en_US
dc.description 146 pg. en_US
dc.description.abstract The dissertation follows the survival of letters in literature in the early nineteenth century, after the popularity of overtly epistolary genres dramatically declined. It posits an " epistolary condition," referring to the combination of tradition (rhetorical, literary) and practice (material, structural) that shapes the Romantic text and the author's emergence in print. A historically specific tension between the letter, a genre defined by formal characteristics, and letters, a proto-medium of communication, the epistolary condition points to an underdeveloped counternarrative to that of Romantic genius and authorship. Each of three chapters analyzes a genre-defining work of Romanticism for the varied presentation of the self as the text serializes over time. Coleridge's conversation lyrics, Byron's first verse romance, and Poe's ratiocinative tales about C. Auguste Dupin each advance the epistolary tradition in the interplay of print and manuscript, while the writer's correspondence mediates the production of each text and its author. The " apostrophic relay" of address in Coleridge's series of poems introduces the idiom of the epistolary condition in the context of a historically shifting sense of communication. The chapter on Childe Harold's Pilgrimage reframes Byron's notorious " egotism" as a heroic relay of intersubjective encounters. Poe's Dupin tales are shown to play out a discursive relay of authorial and editorial modes under the constraints of American reprint culture. In addition to developing original interpretations of high canonical works, the dissertation advances a number of active conversations in the discipline. It shifts the ground of scholarly engagement with the epistolary from the discourses of genre and the archive to that of media and mediation. In so doing, it joins other attempts to nuance the prevailing treatment of print culture as the determining medium of the early nineteenth century. Finally, it models a practice of " surface reading," one recent answer to symptomatic reading, and prioritizes the significance of the epistolary condition to the groundbreaking theory of " lyric reading." en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature en_US
dc.subject.other Byron, Coleridge, Letters, Poe, Poetry, Romanticism en_US
dc.title Romantic Relays: The Epistolary Condition of Imagination in Coleridge, Byron, and Poe en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Haralson, Eric en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Goodman, Kevis en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember McGill, Meredith. en_US


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