Books+ Search Results

Romanticism and the Contingent Self The Challenge of Representation

Romanticism and the Contingent Self [electronic resource] : The Challenge of Representation / by Michael Falk.
1st ed. 2024.
Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2024.
Physical Description
1 online resource (XV, 292 p.) 12 illus.
Local Notes
Access is available to the Yale community.
Access and use
Access restricted by licensing agreement.
This book offers a new critique of selfhood in Romantic literature. In the past, Romanticism has been seen as an individualistic movement, with writers believing in the 'centrality' of the self. Challenging this prevailing view of Romanticism and the modern self, this study unveils an alternative tradition of Romantic writing in which the self is fragile, degenerate, non-existent - or in a word, contingent. It combines philosophy, intellectual history, literary studies and digital humanities and takes a transnational approach both in its coverage of philosophical thought and literature, including case studies from England, Ireland, Scotland and colonial Australia, with examples from American and European works as well. The book also uses innovative digital techniques such as text analysis, sentiment mining and network analysis to enrich the exploration of text and context. It covers all major genres of Romantic writing: fiction (realist novels), poetry (the sonnet), non-fiction prose (biography) and drama (gothic tragedy). Providing a new framework for understanding the contingent self, this book is of interest to scholars and students of Romantic literature, philosophy of the self and digital humanities. Michael Falk is Senior Lecturer in Digital Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a literary scholar and programmer, whose work considers how computing can expand the study of literature, and how literature can expand the study of computing. His work appears in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Frontiers in AI and Robotics, the John Clare Society Journal, and elsewhere. Romanticism and the Contingent Self is his first book.
Variant and related titles
Springer ENIN.
Other formats
Printed edition:
Printed edition:
Printed edition:
Books / Online
Added to Catalog
June 10, 2024
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print,
Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print,
1 Introduction: Strange Multiplicities
2 Philosophy: Eighteenth-Century Theories of Contingent Selfhood
3 Fiction: Growing Down in the Novels of Maria Edgeworth and Amelia Opie
4 Poetry: Absence of Self in the Sonnets of Charlotte Smith and John Clare
5 Drama: Inward Seas in the Tragedies of Joanna Baillie and Charles Harpur
6 Life: The 'Multiform' Self in Tom Moore's Letters and Journals of Lord Byron (1830-31)
7 Conclusion: Rising to the Challenge of Representation.
Also listed under
SpringerLink (Online service)

Available from:

Loading holdings.
Unable to load. Retry?
Loading holdings...
Unable to load. Retry?