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Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger
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Romanticism and the Question of the Stranger

David Simpson

Abstract

In our post-9/11 world, the figure of the stranger—the foreigner, the enemy, the unknown visitor—carries a particular urgency, and the force of language used to describe those who are “different” has become particularly strong. But arguments about the stranger are not unique to our time. This book locates the figure of the stranger and the rhetoric of strangeness in romanticism and places them in a tradition that extends from antiquity to today. It shows us that debates about strangers loomed large in the French Republic of the 1790s, resulting in heated discourse that weighed who was to be we ... More

Keywords: post-9/11 world, stranger, foreigner, enemy, unknown visitor, rhetoric of strangeness, romanticism, French Republic, literature of slavery, strange women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226922355
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226922362.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Simpson, author