Creating States: Studies in the Performative Language of John Milton and William Blake

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University of Toronto Press, 01‏/01‏/1994 - 245 من الصفحات

Although the concept of the performative has influenced literary theory in numerous ways, this book represents one of the first full-length studies of performative language in literary texts. Creating States examines the visionary poetry of John Milton and William Blake, using a critical approach based on principles of speech-act theory as articulated by J.L. Austin, John Searle, and Emile Benveniste. Angela Esterhammer proposes a new way of understanding the relationship between these two poets, while at the same time evaluating the role of speech-act philosophy in the reading of visionary poetry and Romantic literature.

Esterhammer distinguishes between the 'sociopolitical performative, ' the speech act which is defined by a societal context and derives power from institutional authority, and the `phenomenological performative, ' language which is invested with the power to posit or create because of the individual will and consciousness of the speaker.

Analysing texts such as The Reason of Church-Government, Paradise Lost, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and Jerusalem, Esterhammer traces the parallel evolution of Milton and Blake from writers of political and anti-prelatical tracts to poets who, having failed in their attempts to alter historical circumstances through a direct address to their contemporaries, reaffirm their faith in individual visionary consciousness and the creative word - while continuing to use the forms of a socially or politically performative language.

 

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Two Directions for Analysis
10
The Text as Speech Act
16
Sociopolitical versus Phenomenological Performatives
23
Benveniste and Barthes
31
2
42
The P Myth
48
The J Myth
54
3
65
5
119
Relations in the State of Innocence
132
Relations in the State of Experience
143
Naming in The Book of Urizen
152
The Argument of The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
158
A Song of Liberty
167
Statements and States
174
A Revision
184

General and Special Inspiration
70
Miltons Promise
77
The Elision of the Performative
85
The Performativity of Divine Speech
99
Naming and Subjectivity
110
A Division
191
Creating States
201
The Community of Phrases
216
Index
239
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نبذة عن المؤلف (1994)

Angela Esterhammer is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Zurich, and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Western Ontario.

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