Building: Relocating Wordsworth’s Architecture

  • Nikki Hessell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


Hessell undertakes a new reading of William Wordsworth’s poetry by focusing on questions of the built environment and architecture, rather than land, in some of his major poems. This chapter focuses on two Malayalam translations of Wordsworth’s “Michael,” one undertaken by C. P. Parameswaran Pillai in 1905–1906 (and published in 1912) and the other by Sasthamangalam P. Ramakrishnapillai in 1929. The chapter draws attention to the significant architectural information provided in the Malayalam versions, and uses this feature of the translations to reconsider Wordsworth’s writing on architecture, both in “Michael” and beyond, as a response to colonising activity around the world, especially in the Indian subcontinent.


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  • Nikki Hessell
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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