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Victorian afterlives : the shaping of influence in nineteenth-century literature

Author: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"Questions of survival were much discussed during the nineteenth century, in terms that ranged from personal immortality to the more dispersed and unpredictable after-effects of particular words and deeds. Some of these questions emerged in the intellectual and stylistic preoccupations of individual writers. Others contributed towards the cultural atmosphere these writers shared, in which shifting and overlapping  Read more...
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Named Person: Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron; Edward FitzGerald; Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron; Edward FitzGerald; Alfred Tennyson; Edward Fitzgerald
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
ISBN: 0198187270 9780198187271 0199269319 9780199269310
OCLC Number: 48256392
Description: xi, 372 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Forms of survival --
Voices in the air --
Tennyson's sympathy --
Edward Fitzgerald : under the influence.
Responsibility: Robert Douglas-Fairhurst.
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This major study examines a Victorian obsession with 'influence', the often unpredictable after-effects of words and actions, in fields as diverse as mesmerism and theology, literary theory, and  Read more...

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"Ambitious, delightful.... Its sheer range sets it apart from the usual academic monograph.... Refreshingly free of jargon."--Times Literary Supplement"An intriguing study--ambitious in its scope and Read more...

 
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