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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

The Lyric in Victorian Memory

Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman

Authors: Alfano, Veronica

  • It helps to fulfil a still-extant critical need as it presents a sustained and wide-ranging discussion of Victorian lyric, examining the authorial anxieties and aspirations such poetry reveals, rather than privileging dramatic or narrative modes
  • It features a series of close readings that view the theme of recollection through the lens of form in both well-known and more obscure poems; these readings are then connected to Victorian conceptions of memory, loss, and nostalgia more generally conceived.  In this way it builds on the influential notion of a nineteenth-century crisis of memory by investigating, more than any other study, the inevitable simultaneity of remembering and forgetting in Victorian verse.  Finally, it expands the theme of memory to encompass technologies of reproduction and circulation, such as photographs, Claude glasses, and anthologies
  • It ties its main arguments about memory to formal memorizability, reception history, and Victorian poets’ complex anticipations of (and resistances to) the ways in which they would be remembered and read.  This provides a blueprint for future research
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Veronica Alfano is Assistant Professor at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, and Research Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Australia.  She is the co-editor (with Andrew Stauffer) of Virtual Victorians:  Networks, Connections, Technologies.

Reviews

“Veronica Alfano’s beautifully written study offers a fresh take on an ancient topic, the mnemonic function of poetry.  In showing how poems succeed in (but also resist) remembering and being remembered, Alfano persuasively demonstrates the centrality of poetry to Victorian concepts of memory while also shedding new light on the nature of lyric itself.” (Erik Gray, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, USA)

“This is an erudite, sensitive study of Victorian lyrics about memory, loss, and time. Alfano uncovers a fascinating tradition of poetry that explores the inextricability of remembering and forgetting, of personal history and cultural nostalgia.” (Stephanie Kuduk Weiner, Professor of English, Wesleyan University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Alfano, Veronica

    Pages 1-57

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  • Tennyson’s Lyric Betrayals: Feminine Re-Formation in The Princess and In Memoriam

    Alfano, Veronica

    Pages 59-162

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  • Remembering Christina Rossetti: Dead Women and the Afterlife of Lyric

    Alfano, Veronica

    Pages 163-207

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  • The Forgetting of Symons: Photographic Memory and Formal Reincarnation

    Alfano, Veronica

    Pages 209-269

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  • Amnesia and Nostalgia in Housman’s A Shropshire Lad: “Those Blue Remembered Hills”

    Alfano, Veronica

    Pages 271-324

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Buy this book

eBook 91,62 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51307-2
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-51306-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Lyric in Victorian Memory
Book Subtitle
Poetic Remembering and Forgetting from Tennyson to Housman
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-51307-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-51307-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-51306-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 372
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