Ross Woodman's Sanity, Madness, Transformation was an adventurous exploration of the links between madness in Romantic writing and modern literary and psychoanalytic theory. Revelation and Knowledge picks up where his previous work left off by tracing the profound connections and gaps between religious and poetic faith in the works of the British Romantic poets.
Woodman and Joel Faflak focus on the clash in these authors' works between depth psychology and mysticism in the context of post-Enlightenment crises of belief. They also delve into the treatment of revelation in Romantic poetry, expanding on the concept through nuanced examinations of specific Eastern and Western religious traditions. Revelation and Knowledge showcases Woodman's trademark ability to combine literary criticism with autobiography, resulting in a surprising work that is also uniquely daring.
About the authors
Ross Woodman, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Western Ontario, is author of The Apocalyptic Vision in the Poetry of Shelley: Sanity, Madness, Transformation and Revelation and Knowledge, all with University of Toronto Press. He also authored Chambers, edited by Dennis Reid for Coach House Press and numerous articles on Canadian art and Romantic literature.
Joel Faflak is professor of English and Theory at Western University, where he was also the Inaugural Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
‘Revelation and Knowledge is a highly fascinating insight into the life and work of an eminent scholar in the field of Romanticism…. Woodman shows us how a life-long occupation with poetry may aid us in analyzing the very madness within ourselves.’
European Romantic Review, vol 24:01:2013