Buried Communities : Wordsworth and the Bonds of Mourning
Kurt Fosso's Buried Communities analyzes the social relationship between mourning and community in William Wordsworth's writings from 1785 to 1814. In close readings of such major works as The Ruined Cottage, Lyrical Ballads, The Prelude, and The Excursion, Fosso uncovers the idea of mournful community, or what Wordsworth cryptically proclaimed to be a "spiritual community binding together the living and the dead." In addition to offering an explanation for the poet's mysterious, longstanding preoccupation with death and grief, Fosso discovers a poetry insistently social in orientation--and consistently social in character--and uncovers significant coherence between the poet's early and later works. Buried Communities situates Wordsworth as a reformist during a time of social and political crisis, for whom mourning promised to bind together his disaffected countrymen and disjointed world. With its sociological vantage and strong commitment to historical explanation, the book illuminates an important, previously unseen vista for understanding this Romantic poet's representations of death and grief and significantly reframes the cultural dynamics of the Romantic period in Britain.
- Hardback | 308 pages
- 167.13 x 229.11 x 21.59mm | 517g
- 01 Jan 2004
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"This is an important book. It is refreshing to find an argument that proceeds neatly and reasonably from the combination of good critical sense, an insightful theoretical frame work, and an intelligent close reading of texts. Fossohas considered just about every resource that bears on his study, both on the Wordsworth side and on the side of the larger sociological and psychological aspects of grief and mourning. He gets right to the heart of a genuinely interesting subject."
About Kurt Fosso
Kurt Fosso is Associate Professor of English at Lewis & Clark College.