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Revisionary GleamDe Quincey, Coleridge and the High Romantic Argument$
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Daniel Sanjiv Roberts

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237945

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313936

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De Quincey as Critic: Politics of Style and Representation of Wordsworth

De Quincey as Critic: Politics of Style and Representation of Wordsworth

(p.197) 6 De Quincey as Critic: Politics of Style and Representation of Wordsworth
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This chapter considers Thomas De Quincey's literary criticism, and particularly his criticisms of William Wordsworth, in relation to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's similar concerns. It shows that De Quincey's criticisms of Wordsworth were informed by a Coleridgean critical agenda which De Quincey carried beyond the age of reform into his later imperialist thinking. The development of De Quincey's thought along the lines of gender, class, and nationality bears the linguistic and philosophical underpinnings of his early critical orientation in the Lake school under the tutelage of Coleridge. Coleridge's relationship with De Quincey provides in this way a broad framework to understand and integrate De Quincey's cultural politics and criticism through a long and varied literary career.

Keywords:   literary criticism, Coleridgean influence, imperialist thought, Lake school, cultural politics

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