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date: 27 May 2020

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This chapter examines criticisms of Shelley from Deconstruction to the present, discussing how New Historicism forever changed Shelley criticism in the 1980s. It argues that the contemporary state of literary criticism remains ‘Shelleyan’. While there seems to be no bigger cliché about Shelley than to claim that he is the ‘poet of mutability’, this philosophy of becoming remains one of the most complex aspects of his thought.

Keywords: Percy Bysshe Shelley, poems, prose, poetry, New Historicism, literary criticism, becoming, mutability

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