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Victorian Poets : A Critical Reader - Valentine Cunningham

Victorian Poets

A Critical Reader

By: Valentine Cunningham (Editor)

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Published: 12th March 2014
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Valentine Cunningham's comprehensive anthology, presents a cornucopia of Victorian poetry never seen before in a single volume. All the major poets of the period such as Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, John Clare, Matthew Arnold, Gerard Manley Hopkins, the Brontes, the Rossettis, George Eliot, William Morris, Housman, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats are generously represented, with complete texts of a wide range of key poems. The book also includes many writers who are on the cusp of the central canon such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Allingham, Coventry Patmore, Winthrop Mackworth Praed, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, and Lewis Carroll. Victorian women poets are featured as well including Mathilde Blind, Charlotte Elliott, 'Michael Field', Dora Greenwell, Laetitia Landon, Amy Levy, Alice Meynell, Constance Naden, Edith Nesbit, Adelaide Procter, Dolly Radford, Dora Sigerson Shorter, and Augusta Webster.

This book offers a unique and arresting variety of Victorian poetic producers from the street balladists and self-taught working-class poets, the Pre-Raphaelites and Spasmodics to the medievalizers, university wits, social realists and hymn-writers, together with their theories and critical discussions about poetry.

"A judiciously made and vigorously introduced gathering of the most telling voices in modern Victorian poetry criticism. Valentine Cunningham's selection, wide and diverse, will be an excellent first stop for the savvy student of the period."
-Seamus Perry, University of Oxford

 

Contributors vii

Introduction 1

1 The Echo and the Mirror en abîme in Victorian Poetry 15
Gerhard Joseph

2 The Mirror’s Secret: Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s Double Work of Art 27
J Hillis Miller

3 Browning’s Anxious Gaze 46
Ann Wordsworth

4 The Pragmatics of Silence, and the Figuration of the Reader in Browning’s Dramatic Monologues 56
Jennifer A Wagner-Lawlor

5 Dramatic Monologue and the Overhearing of Lyric 75
Herbert F Tucker

6 Matthew Arnold’s Gipsies: Intertextuality and the New Historicism 95
Antony Harrison

7 A New Radical Aesthetic: The Grotesque as Cultural Critique: Morris 118
Isobel Armstrong

8 Alienated Majesty: Gerard M Hopkins 143
Geoffrey Hill

9 Fact and Tact: Arnoldian Fact-finding and Q Tactlessness in the Reading of Gerard Hopkins 160
Valentine Cunningham

10 ‘A Thousand Times I’d be a Factory Girl’: Dialect, Domesticity, and Working-Class Women’s Poetry in Victorian Britain 174
Susan Zlotnick

11 ‘The fruitful feud of hers and his’: Sameness, Difference, and Gender in Victorian Poetry 199
Dorothy Mermin

12 ‘Eat me, drink me, love me’: The Consumable Female Body in Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market 221
Mary Wilson Carpenter

13 Browning’s Corpses 243
Carol T Christ

14 A E Housman and ‘the colour of his hair’ 255
Christopher Ricks

15 Tennyson’s ‘Little Hamlet’ 268
David G Riede

16 The Disappointment of Christina G Rossetti 286
Eric Griffiths

17 Stirring ‘a Dust of Figures’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Love 316
Angela Leighton

18 ‘Love, let us be true to one another’: Matthew Arnold, Arthur Hugh Clough and ‘our Aqueous Ages’ 333
Joseph Bristow

19 ‘Poets and lovers evermore’: The Poetry and Journals of Michael Field 358
Chris White

20 Swinburne at Work: The First Page of ‘Anactoria’ 380
Timothy A J Burnett

21 Naming and Not Naming: Tennyson and Mallarme 390
Mary Ann Caws and Gerhard Joseph

Index 411

ISBN: 9780631199144
ISBN-10: 0631199144
Series: Blackwell Critical Reader
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 442
Published: 12th March 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.57