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Other Versions of the Wat Tyler Legend--An Annotated Bibliography

August, 2004

Shelley's Pod People

The reader of Shelley’s poetry repeatedly comes upon beautiful slumbering human forms that exist in charged non-relation to a social world. A close reading of these forms as they appear in “The Witch of Atlas” suggests that they represent a fantasy of “the aesthetic” as that which is radically closed to human concerns. In contemporary accounts, Shelley himself is often represented as one who is not of the world, who is only minimally attached to life. I would argue that the Shelley circle’s posthumous constructions of “Shelley” as an other-worldly or unworldly figure are informed by an attentive reading of Shelley’s poetry, which figures the aesthetic as that which does not matter in terms of human economies of desire and exchange.
February 2005


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Note: Game Laws

October, 1997

from P.B. Shelley, "On the Game Laws" (1817) (from Oxford edn.)

If a doubt is ever excited in our minds as to whether the Assembly does or does not provide for the welfare of the community as well as any Assembly more legally constituted, we need only consider the legislative provisions in force in this country for the preservation of Game to set in its clearest point of view, the despotism which is exercised by an oligarchical minority amongst us. . . .


Shelley, Medusa, and the Perils of Ekphrasis

February, 1997

Shelley, Medusa, and the Perils of Ekphrasis


This article reproduced as part of
the Romantic Circles Electronic Edition of Shelley's "Medusa"
from The Romantic Imagination: Literature and Art in England and Germany, ed. Frederick Burwick and Jurgen Klein (Studies in comparative literature 6), Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1996. 315- 332.

Adapted for hypertext by Melissa J. Sites.



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