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Imagined Sovereignties: Toward a New Political Romanticism

Kir Kuiken

Abstract

This book argues for a new understanding of the relationship between Romantic conceptions of the imagination and the emergence of modern forms of political sovereignty. Its main thesis is that the Romantics reconceived not just the nature of the aesthetic imagination, but also the conditions in which a particular form of sovereignty could be realized through it. Engaging in close readings of Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Shelley, the book reveals how Romantic authors re-asserted poetic authority in place of divine sovereignty, thereby producing an alternative understanding of the seculariza ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, Imagination, Sovereignty, Political Theology, Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780823257676
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823257676.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kir Kuiken, author
University of Albany, SUNY