Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism) (Hardcover)

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Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation (Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism) (Hardcover)

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What happens when we redirect our lines of reading along new lines, borders, and orientations--those that fail to fit neatly into the cardinal directions of North, South, East, and West? What is, who stands for, and where exactly is the "Orient" in British Romantic poetry? To where does the "Orient" lead? Romanticism and the Poetics of Orientation responds by tracing shifting orientations--cultural, geographical, aesthetic, racial, and gendered-- through Orientalist sites, subjects, and settings. Kim coins the term "poetics of orientation" to describe a poetics newly aware of cultural difference as a site of aesthetic contestation. She focuses on the contestation that occurs at the site of the lyric subject. A "poetics of orientation", rather than situating the lyric subject in assumed racial whiteness, repositions the lyric subject within discussions of Orientalism and racial formation, tracing the white supremacist logics that have for too long been dismissed as inessential or nonconsequential to Romantic studies.

Joey S. Kim (she/her) is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toledo. She researches global Anglophone literature with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century poetics and aesthetics. She has published work in Essays in Romanticism, Keats-Shelley Journal, Keats-Shelley Review, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, American Periodicals, the LA Review of Books, and elsewhere. A poet as well as a literary critic, her award-winning first book of poems, Body Facts, was released in 2021. www.joeyskim.com Twitter: @joeykim
Product Details ISBN: 9781399511254
ISBN-10: 1399511254
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: September 27th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Romanticism