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    ”A Bright Erroneous Dream": The Shelley Memorial and the body of the Poet

    Calè, Luisa and Evangelista, S. (2018) ”A Bright Erroneous Dream": The Shelley Memorial and the body of the Poet. Word and Image 34 (1), pp. 17-31. ISSN 0266-6286.

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    This article argues that Edward Onslow Ford’s Shelley Memorial at University College Oxford (inaugurated in 1893) played an important role in refashioning Shelley’s corpus at the turn of the century, particularly by enabling political and homoerotic readings of his works, and contributed to a distinctive fin-de-siècle reception of the Romantic poet. The display and architectural setting of the Shelley Memorial activate Shelley’s poetic Platonism by playing with the metamorphic possibilities of light and shadow. The sculptural medium thus generated new ways of reading Shelley just as it illuminates the aesthetics and politics of Victorian classicism and nineteenth-century attitudes to the cultural significance of the male poetic body.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Percy Bysshe Shelley, Edward Onslow Ford, sculpture, fin de siecle, memorialisation, reception, platonism, Shelley Memorial
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Luisa Cale
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 08:54
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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