A Brighter Morn

A Brighter Morn : The Shelley Circle's Utopian Project

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Percy Bysshe Shelley's utopian vision was largely a product of the tumultuous final quarter of the eighteenth century, when the American, French, and industrial revolutions profoundly changed the way in which social, political, and economic relationships were viewed. In A Brighter Morn, noted Shelley scholars identify the qualities of this unique brand of utopianism, which was a complex and frequently conflicted blend of the personal, poetical, and political realms. This collection of essays sorts through these perplexities and discords, exploring Shelleyan utopianism in a variety of contexts- place and placelessness, time and timelessness, publicity and privacy, and physicality and spirituality- and concluding with a snapshot of the Western psyche at a crucial point in its development.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 20.3mm | 340.2g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 0739104721
  • 9780739104729

About Darby Lewes

Darby Lewes is Professor of English at Lycoming College. She is the author of Nudes from Nowhere: Utopian Sexual Landscapes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000) and Dream Revisionaries: Genre and Gender in Women's Utopian Fiction, 1870-1920 (University of Alabama Press, 1995).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface: Utopia and the Shelley Circle Chapter 2 Setting Minds Afloat: Shelley and Barruel in Ireland Chapter 3 A Political Poetics: Percy Shelley's Utopian Activism Chapter 4 Toward an Imaginative Poetics: A Convergence of Theory and Practice in A Philosophical View of Reform Chapter 5 Private Visions/Public Responsibilities: The Alastor Volume Chapter 6 Re/membering Home: Utopian Domesticity in Mary Shelley's Lodore Chapter 7 The Aesthetic of Utopia in Shelley's Queen Mab Chapter 8 Science and Spirit: Shelley's Vegetarian Essays and the Body as Utopian State Chapter 9 Prophet and Loss: Women and the Shelley Circle's Utopian Projectshow more