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Wordsworth's Monastic Inheritance: Poetry, Place, and the Sense of Community

Jessica Fay


This is the first extended study of Wordsworth’s complex, subtle, and often conflicted engagement with the material and cultural legacies of monasticism. It reveals that a set of topographical, antiquarian, and ecclesiastical sources consulted by Wordsworth between 1806 and 1822 provided extensive details of the routines, structures, landscapes, and architecture of the medieval monastic system. In addition to offering a new way of thinking about religious dimensions of Wordsworth’s work and his views on Roman Catholicism, the book offers original insights into a range of important issues in hi ... More

Keywords: monasticism, local attachment, landscape, community, national identity, silence, Quakerism, taste, antiquarianism, ecclesiastical history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198816201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198816201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Fay, author
Leverhulme Trust Early Career Research Fellow, Department of English, University of Bristol