The lyric in Victorian memory: poetic remembering and forgetting from Tennyson to Housman

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Abstract

This book is a study of nineteenth-century poems that remember, yearn for, fixate on, and forget the past. Reflecting the current critical drive to reconcile formalist and historicist approaches to literature, it uses close readings to trace the complex interactions between memory as a theme and the (often-memorable) formal traits – such as brevity, stanzaic structure, and sonic repetition – that appear in the lyrics examined. This book considers the interwoven nature of remembering and forgetting in the work of four Victorian poets. It uses this theme to shed new light on the relationship between lyric and narrative, on the connections between gender and genre, and on the way in which Victorians represented and commemorated the past.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages372
ISBN (Electronic)9783319513072
ISBN (Print)9783319513065, 9783319846156
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture Series
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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