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Clifford Siskin and William Warner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226761473

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226761466.001.0001

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Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation

Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation

The Case of the Inner Stranger

(p.173) Romanticism, Enlightenment and Mediation
This Is Enlightenment

Robert Miles

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the knowledge strategies of the self. The popular poet Edward Young and the author and critic Anna Letitia Barbauld use the figure of the “inner stranger” to reconcile a transcendental soul with a mundane self. Through a reading of the way Samuel Taylor Coleridge takes up the same figure (in “Frost at Midnight”), the chapter traces a secularizing movement from a “porous” to a “buffered” self, so the enigmatic equivocations of this “inner stranger” mediates the appearance of a distinctively modern concept of the unconscious it (or Id) within the self.

Keywords:   self, knowledge, Edward Young, Anna Letitia Barbauld, inner stranger, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, mediation, unconscious

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