Victor Brombert (essay date 1973)
SOURCE: Brombert, Victor. “The Happy Prison: A Recurring Romantic Metaphor.” In Romanticism: Vistas, Instances, Continuities, edited by David Thornburn and Geoffrey Hartman, pp. 62-79. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1973.
[In the following essay, Brombert reviews the many variations on the theme of the prison in Romantic literature, including the prison as a place of fortunate solitude and as an opportunity for escaping temporal and physical restraints to spiritual development. Brombert suggests that the Romantics' emphasis on the individual prisoner allowed for a more poetic view of imprisonment than would become possible in the twentieth century, when the horrors of collective...
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