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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Nineteenth-Century Verse and Technology

Machines of Meter

Authors: Hall, Jason

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  • Repositions thinking about nineteenth-century meter and a variety of texts and practices associated with it 
  • Examines how both writing in meter and about it participates in the nineteenth century’s “culture of machines” 
  • Takes a more inclusive view of meter’s engagement with the nineteenth century’s systems of mechanization and attendant technologies 
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About this book

This book repositions thinking about rhythm, meter and versification during the “Mechanical Age.” Cutting across disciplinary boundaries, the book examines the rhythmical workings of poems alongside not only Victorian theories of prosody and poetics but also contemporary thinking about labor practices, pedagogical procedures, scientific experiments, and technological innovations. By offering an exploded definition of meter—one that extends beyond conventional foot-based scansion—this book explicates the conceptual and, at times, material exchanges between poetic meter and machine culture. The machines of meter include mid-century theories of abstraction and technologies of smoothness and even spacing; a deeply influential, though rarely credited, system of metrical manufacture; verse produced by a Victorian automaton; the mechanics of the human body and mind and the meters that issued from them; and the promise of scientific machines to resolve metrical dilemmas once and for all.

About the authors

Jason David Hall is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Exeter, UK. His books include Seamus Heaney: Poet, Critic, Translator (2007), Seamus Heaney’s Rhythmic Contract (2009), Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century (2011), and Decadent Poetics: Literature and Form at the British Fin de Siècle (2013). His edition of Wilkie Collins’s Jezebel’s Daughter was published in 2016.

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“Hall’s book is well-documented and deserves consideration proportionate to its theoretical undertaking. It also provides compelling socio-historical evidence of the relation between prosodic education and mechanized serial production in the nineteenth century.” (John C. Murray, The British Society for Literature and Science, bsls.ac.uk, May, 2018)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Softcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nineteenth-Century Verse and Technology
Book Subtitle
Machines of Meter
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
978-3-319-53502-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53502-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53501-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85168-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 288
Number of Illustrations
23 b/w illustrations
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