Groundless metaphors and living maps in the writing of Mary Shelley

McEvoy, E. 2005. Groundless metaphors and living maps in the writing of Mary Shelley. Romanticism on the Net. 40.

TitleGroundless metaphors and living maps in the writing of Mary Shelley
AuthorsMcEvoy, E.
Abstract

In this article I consider Mary Shelley's use of figuration, examining its characteristic forms. In three main sections address her use of allegory, what I call the "infection of the metaphorical", and the groundless metaphor. Shelley's writing will be looked at in dialogic relation to her predecessors and contemporaries and her peculiar stylistics discussed in terms of her sceptical attitude toward, and undermining of Romantic idealism. There will be specific emphasis on her treatment of favourite Romantic projects - nature, writing the self and the perceiving mind. Shelley will be discussed both as revisionist and saboteuse in her attitude to language.

JournalRomanticism on the Net
Journal citation40
ISSN1467-1255
YearNov 2005
FileMcEvoy_2005_final.pdf
Web address (URL)http://www.erudit.org/revue/ron/2005/v/n40/012464ar.html
Publication dates
PublishedNov 2005

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