Negative capability specifically and Keats's figurations of plurality more broadly, she contends, offer means of conceptualizing the historical present. Rohrbach identifies 'Keatsian historical thinking' first in the negative capability ...
Author: Brian Rejack
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
Few critical terms coined by poets are more famous than “negative capability.” Though Keats uses the mysterious term only once, a consensus about its meaning has taken shape over the last two centuries. Keats’s Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives offers alternative ways to approach and understand Keats’s seductive term.
philosophy of negative capability which he developed out of Shakespeare's plays; but in 1818 he was drawn away from this philosophy by the windy humanitarianism which he developed ... out of Wordsworth's Excursion.
Author: Li Ou
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Category: Literary Criticism
"Negative capability", the term John Keats used only once in a letter to his brothers, is a well-known but surprisingly unexplored concept in literary criticism and aesthetics. This book is the first book-length study of this central concept in seventy years. As well as clarifying the meaning of the term and giving an anatomy of its key components, the book gives a full account of the history of this idea. It traces the narrative of how the phrase first became known and gradually gained currency, and explores its primary sources in earlier writers, principally Shakespeare and William Hazlitt, and its chief Modernist successors, W. B. Yeats and T. S. Eliot. Meanwhile, the term is also applied to Keats's own poetry, which manifests the evolution of the idea in Keats's poetic practice. Many of the comparative readings of the relevant texts, including King Lear, illuminate the interconnections between these major writers. The book is an original and significant piece of scholarship on this celebrated concept.
contemporary American poetry Linda Gregerson. * Negative Capability POETS ON POETRY David Lehman, General Editor Donald.
Author: Linda Gregerson
Category: Literary Criticism
In a wide-ranging and fiercely intelligent series of readings, Linda Gregerson presents an eloquent overview of the contemporary American lyric. This lyric is distinguished, she argues, not only by its unprecedented variety and abundance, but by its persistent and supple engagement with form. In detailed examinations of work by John Ashbery, Mark Strand, Louis Glck, James Schuyler, Muriel Rukeyser, C. K. Williams, Rita Dove, Philip Levine, Heather McHugh, William Meredith, John Hollander, and a host of other recent and contemporary poets, Gregerson documents the depth and richness of American lyric production at the turn of the twenty-first century. In its scruples and reservations as in its discriminating explanations, Negative Capability unearths the contours of a distinctive American poetic tradition. This book is a rich symbiosis of critical and poetic intelligence. It is also a work of passionate advocacy. The book will appeal to those interested in the current state of American poetry: practicing poets, readers and students of literature and literary criticism, professional critics. Linda Gregerson is an acclaimed poet and literary critic. She is author of The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic and two poetry collections, The Woman Who Died in Her Sleep and Fire in the Conservatory. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she heads the Visiting Writers Program.
Negative Capability ' : An Outline Exploration What with a sizeable library of commentary and discussion on Keats's idea of ' negative capability ' besides Keats's formulations and ' disquisitions ' on and around the concept in those of ...
Author: Roberto Mangabeira UngerPublish On: 1987-08-28
They therefore exemplify a halfintentional agency in the making of negative capability . The Thesis of Negative Capability Qualified and Reinterpreted The preceding discussion of negative capability has focused on the varieties of ...
Negative Capability and Symbolic Interpretation One of the most illuminating studies of "Kubla Khan" is Schneider's (1975) book. Regrettably, her reading is sketchy and suggestive. The major part of this book, more than 360 pages long, ...
Author: Reuven Tsur
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book endorses Coleridge's statement: "nothing can permanently please which does not contain in itself the reason why it is so". It conceives of "Kubla Khan" as of a hypnotic poem, in which the "obtrusive rhythms" produce a hypnotic, emotionally heightened response, giving false security to the "Platonic Censor", so that our imagination is left free to explore higher levels of uncertainty. Critics intolerant of uncertainty tend to account for the poem's effect by extraneous background information. The book consists of three parts employing different research methods. Part One is speculative, and discusses three aspects of a complex aesthetic event: the verbal structure of "Kubla Khan", validity in interpretation, and the influence of the critic's decision style on his critical decisions. The other two parts are empirical. Part Two explores reader response to gestalt qualities of rhyme patterns and hypnotic poems in perspective of decision style and professional training. Part Three submits four recordings of the poem by leading British actors to instrumental investigation.
a famous theory of artistic creativity, Keats's concept of "negative capability." On December 21, 1817, John Keats wrote a letter to his brothers about a conversation on "various subjects" with one of his friends.
Author: Daniel Kornstein
This trail-blazing book explores previously uncharted aspects of law and literature, as well as the psychology, paradoxes and wonderful mystery of creativity. A study of artistic inspiration, Unlikely Muse examines and analyzes the lives and works of three very different writers who combine law, literature and imagination: nineteenth-century French novelist Honor de Balzac, modernist American poet Wallace Stevens, and controversial playwright-memoirist Lillian Hellman. From the literary careers of those three writers emerge two intertwined and exciting new themes. The first theme demonstrates unexpected synergy between law and literature. Opening original lines of inquiry, Unlikely Muse probes the possible relationship between legal training and artistic creativity. A surprisingly large number of great creative artists - writers (such as Balzac), poets (such as Stevens), painters (such as Matisse) and composers (such as Tchaikovsky) - studied or practiced law. This book asks whether such people became great creative artists because of or despite their legal background. Others, such as Hellman, had no legal training but wrote much about the law. This book sketches the intellectual atmosphere and biographical background that shaped these three writers' creative process, highlighting the impact of the law on their work. The second theme uses these same three writers to focus on the changing role of imagination in literature. From Balzac through Stevens to Hellman and beyond, the author traces imagination's arc from a positive artistic quality to something that is sometimes more controversial, perhaps deceitful, and negative. In the last few decades - ever since Hellman's memoirs were attacked as untrue - journalists, memoirists and other writers have palmed off works of fiction as non-fiction, often causing literary scandals. This book offers a new theory why this phenomenon is happening and how it should be regarded.
This preference accords with Keats's dislike for the “ irritable reaching after fact & reason ” that he opposes to “ Negative Capability ” ( 1 : 193 ) , which Rich and Gelpi align with the egoless receptiveness they see as feminine .
Author: Roberto Mangabeira UngerPublish On: 1997-04-17
The idea of negative capability as an influence represents a frankly functionalist or ideological element in the theory of context making . The appearance and propagation of less entrenched institutional and imaginative orders is ...
Author: Roberto Mangabeira Unger
Category: Political Science
He then shows how we can rebuild our political, economic, and social institutions, making them more faithful to the experimental nature of democracy. The consequence is to redefine the focus for ideological debate and institutional innovation throughout the world, in developed and developing countries alike.
If one were to speak of a negative capability in the sense of negentropy, it would be the capability of negation of entropy, the capability in other words, of imposing constraints and critical limits and thereby negating openness as the ...
Author: Cecile Malaspina
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
What do we understand 'noise' to be? The term 'noise' no longer suggests only aesthetic judgement, as in acoustic or visual noise, and is now relevant to domains as varied as communication theory, physics and biology. This trans-disciplinary usage leads to confusion and complication, and reveals that the question of noise is a properly philosophical problem. Presenting an analysis of the rising interest in the notion of noise, this book investigates if there can be a coherent understanding of what it is, that can be effectively shared among the natural and human sciences, technology and the arts. Drawing the philosophical consequences of noise for the theory of knowledge, Malaspina undertakes a philosophical revaluation of Shannon and Weaver's theory of 'information entropy'; this forms the basis upon which to challenge the common idea that noise can be reduced to notions of error, disorder or disorganization. The wider consequences of this analysis relate the technological and scientific aspect of noise, with its cultural and psycho-social aspects. At the heart of Malaspina's argument is the contestation of the ground upon which we judge and distinguish noise from information and finally the exploration of its emancipatory potential.