Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare: 'this Is Living Art' by Josie BillingtonElizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare: 'this Is Living Art' by Josie Billington

Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare: 'this Is Living Art'

byJosie Billington

Hardcover | February 9, 2012

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For most of the twentieth century the exuberant fluency of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's art was not regarded as worthy of serious attention. Even the evidence for the swiftness of her wit, thought and composition remains more impressionistic and anecdotal than firmly proven. Through close attention to original manuscript material, Josie Billington argues that Barrett Browning's fast, fine and excitedly vigorous and agile imaginative intelligence is Shakespearean, both in its power, and in the creative drive and dynamic to which it gives rise.
Billington contends that for Barrett Browning, as for Shakespeare, writing was demonstrably a creative event not a second-order record of experience, and that Barrett Browning's characteristic habits of composition, and her creative procedure, resemble in significant ways those of the poet she valued most highly. A fascinating study of both writers' analogous creative dispositions, minds and modes.
Josie Billington teaches in the School of English, University of Liverpool, UK. Her publications include Faithful Realism (2002), Eliot's Middlemarch (2008) and an edition of Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters (2006).
Title:Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare: 'this Is Living Art'Format:HardcoverDimensions:154 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.43 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826495982

ISBN - 13:9780826495983


Table of Contents

Introduction \ 1. The Poet at Work \ 2. Sonnets from the Portugese \ 3. Aurora Leigh \ Further Reading \ Bibliography \ Index

Editorial Reviews

Billington's detailed comparisons between Browning's and Shakespeare's characters - Aurora Leigh and Hamlet, for instance - demonstrate Browning's masterful depiction of speakers in the process of becoming.Billington's study reveals the living principle at the very heart of Browning's most accomplished poems.