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Victorian poets and the politics of culture : discourse and ideology

Author: Antony H Harrison
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1998.
Series: Victorian literature and culture series.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the publication of his ambitious new work Victorian Poets and the Politics of Culture, Antony H. Harrison continues his exploration of poetry as a significant force in the construction of English culture from 1837-1900. In chapters focusing on Victorian medievalist discourse, Alfred Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Matthew Arnold, and Christina Rossetti, Harrison examines a range of Victorian poems in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Matthew Arnold; Christina Georgina Rossetti; Christina Rossetti; Matthew Arnold; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Christina Georgina Rossetti; Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Baron
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Antony H Harrison
ISBN: 0813918189 9780813918181
OCLC Number: 38542754
Description: 189 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: discourse, ideology, poetry --
Medievalist discourse and the ideologies of Victorian poetry --
Merlin and Tennyson: poetry of power and Victorian self-fashioning --
Elizabeth Barret in 1838: "weakness like omnipotence" --
Matthew Arnold's gipsies: ideology and the discourse of the other --
Christina Rossetti: renunciation as intervention.
Series Title: Victorian literature and culture series.
Responsibility: Antony H. Harrison.

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This volume examines poetry as a significant force in the construction of English culture from 1837 to about 1900. The author looks at a range of Victorian poems in order to show the cultural work  Read more...

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