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Victorian AfterlivesThe Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature$
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Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187271

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187271.001.0001

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Forms of Survival

Forms of Survival

(p.9) 1 Forms of Survival
Victorian Afterlives

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This chapter discusses the forms of survival of writers, poets, and their writings after their death. It details the last days of Keats with Severn, among other authors. For an author to have ‘entered the world’ of print proves that his or her text has already been broached by that world. Certain effects of a work's publication, such as the actual or anticipated responses of its readers, may be detectable in the pressure-points of particular textual changes; others will not, such as the way in which individual acts of reading add a little extra ‘thickness’ and ‘noise’ to the work's developing social life. The author, then, is not dead, as was once thought, nor is he or she left lingering in a serenely uninterrupted afterlife, but is instead as porous and shifty in print as some philosophers of identity consider each of us to be in person.

Keywords:   forms of survival, writers, poets, writings, Keats, Severn, print, publication, textual changes, death

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