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Wordsworth and the enlightenment idea of pleasure

Author: Rowan Boyson
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Series: Cambridge studies in Romanticism, 95.
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"Ancient questions about the causes and nature of pleasure were revived in the eighteenth century with a new consideration of its ethical and political significance. Rowan Boyson reminds us that philosophers of the Enlightenment, unlike modern thinkers, often represented pleasure as shared rather than selfish, and she focuses particularly on this approach to the philosophy and theory of pleasure. Through close  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth; William Wordsworth
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rowan Boyson
ISBN: 9781107023307 1107023300
OCLC Number: 793497170
Awards: Winner of Council for College and University English Book Prize 2013
Description: vii, 241 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
pt. 1. Pleasure philosophy. 1. Aesthetics of pleasure : Shaftesbury, Kant, and the sensus communis ; 2. Powers of pleasure : Rousseau and Wollstonecraft --
pt. 2. Wordsworth's common pleasure. 3. Poetics of pleasure in Lyrical ballads ; 4. Economies of affect in The prelude and Home at Grasmere ; 5. The politics of happiness in The excursion.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in Romanticism, 95.
Responsibility: Rowan Boyson.
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