Complaining scrolls : Coleridge's representations of illness, 1800-1803
Chema, Alexis K.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2009.; Includes bibliographical references. This project focuses on how the converging dramas of Coleridge's literary, philosophical, and medical crises of the years between 1800-1803 are worked through on the level of his authorial representations of his disorders during this period. The first part of the project investigates Coleridge's developing understanding of his physical disorders in the context of his philosophical and aesthetic "systems." The second part analyzes his representation of his illness in his autobiographical letters (public and private, verse and prose). The thesis argues that by situating his self-representations of illness experience in and as discourse, Coleridge assumes a kind of authority. This authority, however, is based on a model of interpersonal dialogue that is in tension with readings of illness representations as essentially private to the individual as well as with readings of the Romantic author as "individual genius."
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