Publisher: Ohio State University Press; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
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Lake Methodism: well mannered Literature and renowned faith in England, 1780-1830, finds the site visitors among Romanticism’s rhetorics of privilege and the main socially poisonous non secular kinds of the eighteenth and 19th centuries. The “Lake Poets,” of whom William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are the main well-known, are frequently noticeable as crafters of a poetics of spontaneous concept, transcendent mind's eye, and visionary prophecy, couched inside lexicons of experimental simplicity and lyrical concision. yet, as Jasper Cragwall argues, such postures and rules have been in truth acquired because the vulgarities of renowned Methodism, an rebel spiritual circulation whose autobiographies, songs, and sermons reached revenues figures of which the Lakers may in simple terms dream.With those non secular histories, Lake Methodism unsettles canonical Romanticism, studying, for instance, the grand statement establishing Wordsworth’s non secular autobiography—“to the open fields I informed a prophecy”—not as poetic self-sanctification, yet as a method of embarrassing Methodism, answerable for the suppression of The Prelude for part a century. The ebook measures this frightened symmetry among Romantic and non secular enthusiasms in figures iconic and surprising: John Wesley, Robert Southey, Wordsworth, Coleridge, in addition to the eponymous scientist of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or even Joanna Southcott, an illiterate servant became latter-day Virgin Mary, who, on the age of sixty-five, mistook a deadly dropsy for the second one Coming of Christ (and so captivated a nation).