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The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley Michael O'Neill (Professor of English, Durham University)

The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley By Michael O'Neill (Professor of English, Durham University)

The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley by Michael O'Neill (Professor of English, Durham University)

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The book is an authoritative and up-to-date collection of original essays on one of the greatest of all English poets, Percy Bysshe Shelley. It covers a wide range of topics, exploring Shelley's life and work from various angles.

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The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley by Michael O'Neill (Professor of English, Durham University)

The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley takes stock of current developments in the study of a major Romantic poet and prose-writer, and seeks to advance Shelley studies in new directions. It consists of forty-two chapters written by an international cast of established and emerging scholar-critics. This Handbook is divided into five thematic sections: Biography and Relationships; Prose; Poetry; Cultures, Traditions, Influences; and Afterlives. The first section reappraises Shelley's life and relationships, including those with his publishers through whom he sought to reach an audience for the 'Ashes and sparks' of his thought, and with women, creative collaborators as well as muse-figures. The second section gives his under-investigated prose works detailed attention, bringing multiple perspectives to bear on his conceptual positions, and demonstrating the range of his achievement in prose works from novels to political and poetic treatises. The third section explores Shelley's creativity and gift as a poet, emphasizing his capacity to excel in many different poetic genres. The fourth section looks at Shelley's response to past and present literary cultures, both English and international, and at his immersion in science, music, theatre, the visual arts, and travel. The fifth section concludes the volume by analysing Shelley's literary and cultural afterlife, from his influence on Victorians and Moderns, to his status as the exemplary poet for Deconstruction. Packed with stimulating insights and readings, The Oxford Handbook of Percy Bysshe Shelley brings out the relevance to Shelley's own work of his dictum that 'All high poetry is infinite' .

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The result is nothing less than a fascinating, encyclopaedic account of the many genres, modes, and concerns of Shelley's writing, the many contemporary and academic approaches to that writing, and Shelley's many and varied influences on subsequent cultural texts. * Cian Duffy, European Romantic Review *
... not only contextualizes many of the recent developments in Shelley studies, but also provides new inroads into the study of his life and his works. ...[It] fully satisfies its stated aim of providing a resource not only for seasoned academics and researchers, but also-crucially-for new readers who will extend and shape the poet's legacy in the generations to come. * The Year's Work in English Studies *
Concretely historical and conceptually astute at once, and therefore to offer a full picture of Shelley's still-challenging accomplishment ... It is exhilarating to read this luminously intelligent guidebook from cover to cover. * Nathan K. Hensely, Notes and Queries *
there can be little doubt that this superb addition to the Oxford Handbook series succeeds in its ... ambition ... [an] extremely impressive achievement. * David O'Shaughnessy, BARS Review *
[This book] should find a place in every university library ... The Shelley who emerges is an appropriately complex figure, fascinated by other writers and literary traditions, political ideas and philosophical theories. ... There are many excellent essays in the collection, which do not simply survey or collate already known characteristics of Shelley but offer a new perspective informed by original research. * Sharon Ruston, Modern Language Review *
an astonishingly thorough examination of Shelley's literary career ... As a collection of eminently readable essays, this volume is a splendid accomplishment, presenting a dynamic, fascinating, thoughtful, and hard-working Shelley ... While providing plenty of biographical, historical, literary, and other contextual information, this collection puts the writing - prose and verse - in sharp focus without ignoring the interesting, often titillating aspects of Shelley's personal life and the famous relationships the poet enjoyed ... Refreshingly, the volume never loses sight of Shelley's work or his intellect and creativity. * D. A. Robinson, Choice *
The volume has a long-range critical lens, and it is fair to say that this should give it a place for many years to come. Equally, the elegant and deeply informed formalism practised in many of the essays here is no bad model for future Shelley Studies ... one cannot fail to be impressed overall by a book that offers such a thorough and learned overview of all aspects of Shelley, whilst also striking any reader on any given page with sharp and surprising readings of individual moments, contexts or stanzas. One could not ask for much more in a book of this nature. * Christopher Stokes, Byron Journal *

About Michael O'Neill (Professor of English, Durham University)

Michael O'Neill is a well-known critic of poetry, and has written monographs on Shelley (1989), Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (1997), and The All-Sustaining Air (2007). He edited The Cambridge History of English Poetry (2010), and has also co-edited (with Madeleine Callaghan) Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon (2011), and a much-praised anthology of Romantic poetry with detailed comments on poetic form (2007), both for Blackwell. He has published two collections of poems, and received a Cholmondeley Award for Poets in 1990. His work has been much praised by many critics for its sensitivity to poetry and its ability to find an answerable language for poetic effects. Anthony Howe has taught at both Cambridge and Oxford Universities and is currently Reader and Director of Graduate Research at Birmingham City University. He has published essays on Byron and Shelley and is currently finishing a monograph entitled Byron and the Forms of Thought for Liverpool University Press. Madeleine Callaghan is Lecturer in Romantic Literature at the University of Sheffield. Her research specialty is the poetry of Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats, and she also has research interests in post-war British and Irish poetry. She is the co-editor (with Michael ONeill) of Twentieth Century British and Irish Poetry: Hardy to Mahon.

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