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Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism$
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Jacques Khalip and Forest Pyle

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271030

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271030.001.0001

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Willing Suspension of Disbelief, Here, Now

Willing Suspension of Disbelief, Here, Now

(p.309) Willing Suspension of Disbelief, Here, Now
Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Fordham University Press

“Willing Suspension” is, among many other things, the revisiting of a principal figure and phrase of the British Romanticism that constituted Spivak’s own critical point of departure. “Folded together (com-plicit), not just face-to-face with Samuel Taylor Coleridge,” Spivak reviews this Romantic complicity, the interpolated “heres” and “nows” of a critical trajectory stretching from Calcutta to Columbia. “Under the sign of the hurricane lantern,” Spivak follows the expedited route in Coleridge from “the willing suspension of disbelief” to “poetic faith,” one only made “complicit in dreams.”

Keywords:   Coleridge, contemporaneity, disbelief, postcolonial, Romanticism

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