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Tennyson and the Text : The Weaver's Shuttle - Gerhard Joseph

Tennyson and the Text

The Weaver's Shuttle

Hardcover Published: 24th April 1992
ISBN: 9780521413909
Number Of Pages: 294

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Gerhard Joseph's study of Tennyson evolves its major themes from the weaving figure of The Lady of Shalott, which becomes a kind of parable for the author and his texts. Taking its derivation from the Latin, texere, 'to weave', Professor Joseph's focus on poetic texture and a sense of textuality (both in Tennyson's individual works and the larger poetic tapestry of his oeuvre) leads to a consciousness of his own critical and interpretative weaving, while revealing a new pattern in the fabric of Tennyson's work. This procedure brings together a theory of perception, developed in the first part of this study, with an analysis of the gendering of Tennyson's characters in the second part, and engages with the methodologies of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and gender theory. The weaving metaphor also opens up a key theoretical issue regarding Tennyson's poetics: is the textual shuttle managed by the controlling hand of a historically definable author, or is the poetic weaver 'cursed' like the Lady of Shalott to suffer a mystifying doom at the 'unseen hand' of an all-pervasive textuality that occludes authorial intention?

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"An outstanding work by a distinguished expert on Tennyson's work and intellectual milieu." J. Hillis Miller "A sophisticated exercise in the possibilities of reading, an ambitious utterance by a major figure in Victorian studies." Alan Sinfield

Preface: from strange diagonal to weaver-s shuttle
Victorian Warp: Perception
Tennyson-s stupidity - and ours
Dream houses of -etherisity-: Poe and Tennyson
The aesthetic of particularity and the aesthetic of vagueness: the owl and the eagle
The sharp and the blurred: Julia Margaret Cameron and Tennyson
The mirror and the echo en abyme in Victorian poetry interweave - my lady(-s) shuttle: the alienation of work into text
Victorian Woof: Representative Men and Mystified Women
Homeric competition: mythic reflections of representative men
From sensuous idea to mythic woman: knowledge, wisdom, and Pallas Athene
Tennyson choosing: the three women
Choosing Tennyson: the stranger-s hovering sword
Last words: Tennyson-s Cymbeline
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ISBN: 9780521413909
ISBN-10: 0521413907
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 294
Published: 24th April 1992
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52

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