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Victorian Poets: A Critical Reader

Valentine Cunningham (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-61079-4 January 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 448 Pages


Victorian Poets: A Critical Reader features a collection of critical essays focusing on various aspects of Victorian-era poetry from the 1830s to the 1890s.

  • Presents key criticism on Victorian poetry
  • Features contributions from a variety of scholars in the field
  • Illustrates the full range of critical approaches to the Victorian poets, including attention to texts, words, forms, modes, and sub-genres
  • Offers fresh reinterpretations, many driven by contemporary ideological interests, including gender questions, selfhood, and body issues
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 Mallarmé 390
Mary Ann Caws and Gerhard Joseph

Index 411