“Awkwardness Arm’d”: The Poetics of Wartime Shame

“Awkwardness Arm’d”: The Poetics of Wartime Shame

A talk by Lily Gurton-Wachter, Smith College. What does it feel like to live in a nation at war? This talk will explore Romantic investigations of complicity, shame, and responsibility at the turn of the nineteenth century in England. Poetic and political texts by Anna Barbauld, William Blake, Charlotte Smith, and Percy Shelley suggest that, along with nationalism and pride in one’s country, war brought shame, embarrassment, discomfort, and what Blake called “awkwardness arm’d.” These writers ...

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