A question of history

Biart, Nicholas D. (1999) A question of history. Doctoral thesis, University of Southampton; University of Chichester.

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Abstract

My thesis seeks to challenge the existing understanding of the relationship between Romanticism and Post-Modernism in order to put into question the traditional historiographical view of the division of literary history into a series of discrete epochs, each one consecutive to the passing away of the other. My methodology devolves upon a close reading and analysis of the work of three writers and philosophers: the philosopher Immanuel Kant, the 'Post-Modern' French feminist writer Helene Cixous and the 'Romantic' philosopher and poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Through my examination of the oeuvres of these three writers I seek to demonstrate that, in the domain of subjectivity, there is a strong commonality of approach to the question of the construction of the subject in despite of the gulf of time that separates them. In this way I demonstrate that the historiographical approach, which involves the fissuring of the works of writers and philosophers into discrete historical events, is fundamentally susceptible of being put into question.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary history
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Departments > English and Creative Writing
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Depositing User: Debbie Bogard
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2013 09:49
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2013 09:49
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/941

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