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Author Bidney, Martin.

Title Patterns of epiphany : from Wordsworth to Tolstoy, Pater, and Barrett Browning / Martin Bidney
Published Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, 1997


Description 1 online resource (235 pages)
Contents Introduction : how epiphanies are made -- A pilgrim's dream of apocalypse : radiant geometry in Wordsworthian epiphanies -- Fitful motions, fragil forms : elemental conflict in Coleridge -- Duplicitous welcomers : water-fire epiphanies in Arnold -- Love and liminality in Tennyson : the aweful dawn-rose and the wheel -- Beauty and pain in Pater : the red-yellow fire flower, the dying white bird -- Epiphanies from Odin to Teufelsdrockh : Carlylean heroism and the gospel of fire -- Water, movement, roundness : epiphanies and history in Tolstoy's War and peace -- Turning stones to fire : the apocalypse according to Barrett Browning -- Conclusion : fifteen theses
Summary Probing those puzzling but privileged moments, those sudden gifts of vision and illumination when the feeling of life intensifies and the senses quicken, Martin Bidney employs a new approach to analyze epiphanies in the poems, novels, short stories, and essays of eight nineteenth-century writers. Taking his cue from the French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, he postulates that any writer's epiphany pattern usually shows characteristic elements (earth, air, fire, water), patterns of motion (pendular, eruptive, trembling), and/or geometric shapes. Bachelard's analytic approach involves studying patterns of perceived experience - phenomenology - but unlike most phenomenologists, Bidney does not speculate on internal processes of consciousness. Instead, he concentrates on literary epiphanies as objects on the printed page, as things with structures that can be detected and analyzed for their implications
Bidney, then, first identifies each author's paradigm epiphany, finding that both the Romantics and the Victorians often label such a paradigm as a vision or dream, thereby indicating its exceptional intensity, mystery, and expansiveness. Once he identifies the paradigm and shows how it structured, he traces occurrences of each writer's epiphany pattern, thus providing an inclusive epiphanic portrait that enables him to identify epiphanies in each writer's other works. Finally, he explores the implications of his analysis for other literary approaches: psychoanalytical, feminist, influence-oriented or intertextual, and New Historical
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-227) and index
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Subject Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 -- Criticism and interpretation
Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850 -- Criticism and interpretation
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation
Pater, Walter, 1839-1894 -- Criticism and interpretation
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861
Pater, Walter, 1839-1894
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910
Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850
Tolstoj, Lev N.
SUBJECT Vojna i mir. swd
Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Epiphanies in literature.
romanticism (form of expression)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English literature
Epiphanies in literature
English Literature.
Languages & Literatures.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96038623
ISBN 058511210X