1. Although my account of
punishment bears some similarity to that found in Talal
Asad's work, I depart from his basic view that the
development of secular penal apparatuses corresponds to an
essentially skeptical moral philosophy (21-66).
2. On Milton's position
in this tradition, see Patterson, 62-89.
3. See, for instance
Price's comments on the need for "true religion" in the
concept of freedom, which in turn furthers the overthrow of
4. On Romantic opposition
to the death penalty, see my Shadow of Death.
5. Although my account
differs from Frances Ferguson's view of Bentham's
rationalism, I'm very much in agreement with her arguments
in a range of writings including "Coherence and
6. For an account of the
history of "imagination" in relation to political interest,
7. Here my account
contrasts with Jerome Christensen's view that the poem
risks doubling the application of power that it denounces.
But I think that this reading neglects the consistent
emphasis on framings readers' perceptions within a new
account of actions as guilty "combatants" (89-90).
8. The last line refutes
readings of the poem that characterize Coleridge's work
generally as a retreat into the family or domesticity
(Ellison 119, Jones 67-105, Everest 270-80).
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