Percy Bysshe Shelley | Critical Essay by Shelley Wall

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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Critical Essay by Shelley Wall

SOURCE: “Baffled Narrative in Julian and Maddalo,” in New Romanticisms: Theory and Critical Practice, University of Toronto Press, 1994, pp. 52-68.

In the following essay, Wall focuses on the dynamics of narrative suppression in Shelley's poem Julian and Maddalo.

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I rode one evening with Count Maddalo Upon the bank of land which breaks the flow Of Adria towards Venice: a bare strand Of hillocks, heaped from ever-shifting sand … 
Is this … 

(ll. 1-4, 7)

Thus begins Shelley's Julian and Maddalo. The dichotomy between Julian's simultaneous freedom of movement—on horseback with his powerful Byronic friend the count—and his situation at a point of interruption—on ‘the bank of land which breaks the flow / Of Adria towards Venice’—prefigures the poem's shifting narrative sands.

The poem's subtitle, ‘A Conversation...

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