Tennyson Among the Poets: Bicentenary Essays

Hardcover | November 7, 2009

EditorRobert Douglas-Fairhurst, Seamus Perry

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Published to mark the bicentenary of Alfred Tennyson's birth, these essays offer an important revaluation of his achievement and its lasting importance. After several years in which the temper of criticism has been largely political (and often hostile towards Tennyson in particular) a numberof influential recent accounts of Victorian poetry have rediscovered the virtues of a closer style of reading and the benefits and pleasures of an approach that, without at all ignoring social and cultural contexts, approaches them through a primary alertness to textual detail and literary history.This volume, including entirely commissioned work by a wide range of critics and scholars from across the profession in both Britain and North America, seeks to bring such forms of attention to bear on the immense variety of Tennyson's career by exploring the complex and multiple connections betweenTennyson and other writers - his predecessors, his contemporaries, and his successors. Collectively, the essays describe an intricate network of affiliation and indebtedness, resistance and reconciliation. They provide a unique assessment of Tennyson's origins, work, and imaginative legacy as heenters upon his third century.

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Published to mark the bicentenary of Alfred Tennyson's birth, these essays offer an important revaluation of his achievement and its lasting importance. After several years in which the temper of criticism has been largely political (and often hostile towards Tennyson in particular) a numberof influential recent accounts of Victorian p...

Dr. Robert Douglas-Fairhurst is Fellow and Tutor in English at Magdalen College, Oxford. Dr. Seamus Perry is Fellow and Tutor in English at Balliol College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 7, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsNotes on ContributorsA Note on the Texts and AbbreviationsChristopher Ricks: Prefatory Note1. Peter McDonald: Tennyson's Dying Fall2. Dinah Birch: Tennyson's Retrospective View3. Christopher Decker: Tennyson's Limitations4. Aidan Day: Tennyson's Grotesque5. Daniel Karlin: Tennyson, Browning, Virgil6. A. A. Markley: Tennyson and the Voices of Ovid's Heroines7. Eric Griffiths: On lines and grooves from Shakespeare to Tennyson8. N. K. Sugimura: Epic Sensibilities: 'Old Man' Milton and the Making of Tennyson's Idylls of the King9. Michael O'Neill: The Wheels of Being: Tennyson and Shelley10. Donald S. Hair: 'Brother-poets': Tennyson and Browning11. Marion Shaw: Friendship, Poetry, and Insurrection: The Kemble Letters12. Matthew Bevis: Tennyson's Humour13. Richard Cronin: Edward Lear and Tennyson's Nonsense14. Kirstie Blair: 'Men, my borther, men the workers': Tennyson and the Victorian Working-CLass Poet15. Linda K. Hughes: 'Frater, ave'? Tennyson and Swinburne16. Samantha Matthews: After Tennyson: the Presence of the Poet, 1892-191817. Angela Leighton: Tennyson, by Ear18. Helen Small: Hardy's Tennyson19. John Morton: T. S. Eliot and Tennyson20. John Fuller: Tennyson and Auden21. Seamus Perry: Betjemen's TennysonIndex