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Counterfactual Romanticism$
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Damian Walford Davies

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991418

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526107077

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Counterfactual and future Romanticisms: the academy and the canon

Counterfactual and future Romanticisms: the academy and the canon

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Counterfactual Romanticism

Edward Larrissy

Manchester University Press

Focusing on counterfactualism in the classroom, this chapter considers the affordances of the counterfactual as regards the value-laden process of canon formation. The chapter forges an alternative Romantic canon curriculum in the face of the very difficulty the author sees in imagining such an entity at the present time. The relation between the new curriculum canon and that which currently obtains is an uncanny one; the effect of the experiment is to render existing structures negotiable and to prompt the reader-pedagogue’s own views concerning who should be the beneficiaries of the imagined new–old canon. Looking to the future of Romanticism in the classroom, the chapter prophesies a curriculum heavily influenced by the values and methods of creative writing and creative-critical practice – one that returns us to a modality of Romanticism we thought we had outgrown.

Keywords:   Romantic counterfactualism, Counterfactual Romanticism, counterfactualism in the classroom, Romantic curriculum, creative-critical, canon-formation, future Romanticisms

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