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Romantic Hospitality and the Resistance to Accommodation Peter Melville

Romantic Hospitality and the Resistance to Accommodation

Peter Melville

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781280908033
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199 pages
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What does hospitality have to do with Romanticism? What are the conditions of a Romantic welcome? Romantic Hospitality and the Resistance to Accommodation traces the curious passage of strangers through representative texts of English Romanticism,MoreWhat does hospitality have to do with Romanticism? What are the conditions of a Romantic welcome? Romantic Hospitality and the Resistance to Accommodation traces the curious passage of strangers through representative texts of English Romanticism, while also considering some European philosophical pre-texts of this tradition. From Rousseaus invocation of the cot-less Carib to Coleridges reception of his Porlockian caller, Romanticisms encounters with the strange remind us that the hospitable relation between subject and Other is invariably fraught with problems. Drawing on recent theories of accommodation and estrangement, Peter Melville argues that the texts of Romantic hospitality (including those of Rousseau, Kant, Coleridge, and Mary Shelley) are often troubled by the subjects failure to welcome the Other without also exposing the stranger to some form of hostility or violence.