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Wordsworth's Fun$
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Matthew Bevis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226652054

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226652221.001.0001

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Facing Him

Facing Him

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Wordsworth's Fun

Matthew Bevis

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter sets up the main contours of the book's argument, situates the study of Wordsworth in relation to the history of his influence and reception, and begins to outline what might be meant by "fun" and associated terms as they recur throughout the book (laughter, folly, play, humor, wit, and so on). It begins by offering a reading of the various "faces" of Wordsworth, then moves to a discussion of the poet's sustained interest in comic forms of achievement, and ends by turning to "Benjamin The Waggoner" as an exemplar of the peculiar kind of humor the book is interested in tracking.

Keywords:   fun, face, wit, taste, aesthetics

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