Double Vision Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Literary Palimpsests, by Lewes, Darby; Bates, Brian; Corley, Liam; Farrell, Michael P.; Flynn, Michael J.; Fox, Paul; Hoeveler, Diane Long; Menut, Erin; Miles, Jeff; Rieger, Christy; Talairach-Vielmas, Laurence; Trodd, Zoe; Wandless, William; Watson, Alex; Whalen, Christopher
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- ISBN: 9780739125694 | 0739125699
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 9/26/2008
A palimpsest is at once easy to define and, at the same time, so infinitely various as to defy all denotation. A thrifty technique employed by the ancients to recycle scarce resources? Or a metaphor for the human mind? A text that overwrites another text? Or a culture that overwrites another culture? This concise, readable volume examines texts written by such figures as William Blake, Wilkie Collins, Edgar Allan Poe, and Frederick Douglass, in order to explore the dualistic thinking involved in the creation of literary palimpsests during the tempestuous eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.