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Watchwords: Romanticism and the Poetics of Attention

Lily Gurton-Wachter


This book argues that the concept of “attention” became particularly unhinged at the turn of the nineteenth century in Britain, oscillating widely between disciplines—from theology to pedagogy, from philosophy to science, and most forcefully, from poetics to the rhetoric and practices of war. Reading Romanticism as a poetics of attention brings into view the way that Romantic poetry experiments with the rhythms of attention and its lapse, and reveals a Romantic understanding of the experience of reading as fundamentally shaped by the claims made on attention by pedagogy, medicine, science, eth ... More

Keywords: attention, vigilance, poetics, Romanticism, observation, discipline, alarmism, poetry and politics, militarization, war literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804796958
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804796958.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lily Gurton-Wachter, author
University of Missouri