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Sheer Difference, or, Mining Mental Prospects in Lyrical Ballads(1798)

Abstract : Through a reading of parts of Denis Bonnecase and Marc Poree's Wordsworth and Coleridge. La difference en partage, and of Lyrical Ballads, we aim to show, in part at least, the poetic operating of these poems. Confounding the temporality of literary history, this poetics requires a reading memory that is able to conceive of the mind, and of the text, as thoroughly syntacti-cal. A tactic of remembering – of reading – that hews to networks other than semantic navigates here among poems such as "The Idiot Boy," "The Female Vagrant," "Anecdote for Fathers," "Tintern Abbey," "The Last Flock," and, in particular, "Lines Written near Richmond, upon the Thames, at Evening," exploring galleries verbal and sub-verbal through which the memory of literature is in play and at stake. To read poetry is to mobilize memory; yet this reading of memory operates through channels off the meaning radar (or reader of meaning), channels the disseminating existence of which destabilizes conventional notions of history, truth, and even polysemy. Some of the stations listened to here include [hw ı], [m ın], [m ınd], [b angk], [^ or] or [ or], [v an], [w un], not to mention their deranged or rearranged scramblings.
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Thomas Dutoit. Sheer Difference, or, Mining Mental Prospects in Lyrical Ballads(1798). Orbis Litterarum, Wiley, 2014, Romanticism and Memory, 69 (2), pp.171-192. ⟨10.1111/oli.12056⟩. ⟨hal-01127714⟩



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