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Tennyson and Geology

Poetry and Poetics

Authors: Geric, Michelle

  • The first single-author, book-length examination of Tennyson and geology
  • Reaches further than the current trend of historical contextualisation of literature and science to offer new ways of approaching the study incorporating literary critical theory
  • Addresses multi-disciplinary subject matter and in its critical approach
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About this book

This book offers new interpretations of Tennyson’s major poems along-side contemporary geology, and specifically Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology (1830-3). Employing various approaches – from close readings of both the poetic and geological texts, historical contextualisation and the application of Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism – the book demonstrates not only the significance of geology for Tennyson’s poetry, but the vital import of Tennyson’s poetics in explicating the implications of geology for the nineteenth century and beyond. Gender ideologies in The Princess (1847) are read via High Miller’s geology, while the writings of Lyell and other contemporary geologist, comparative anatomists and language theorists are examined along-side In Memoriam (1851) and Maud (1855). The book argues that Tennyson’s experimentation with Lyell’s geology produced a remarkable ‘uniformitarian’ poetics that is best understood via Bakhtinian theory; a poetics that reveals the seminal role methodologies in geology played in the development of divisions between science and culture, and that also, quite profoundly, anticipates the crisis in language later associated with the linguistic turn of the twentieth century. 

About the authors

Michelle Geric is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster, UK.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    Geric, Michelle

    Pages 1-34

  • Ida’s Footprint in the Sand: The Princess, Geology and the Extinction of Feminism

    Geric, Michelle

    Pages 35-75

  • “Uniformitarian Arguments Are Negative Only”: Lyell and Whewell

    Geric, Michelle

    Pages 77-110

  • In Memoriam’s Uniformitarian Poetics

    Geric, Michelle

    Pages 111-143

  • Reading Maud’s Remains: Geological Processes and Palaeontological Reconstructions

    Geric, Michelle

    Pages 145-172

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tennyson and Geology
Book Subtitle
Poetry and Poetics
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66110-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66110-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66109-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88178-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 219
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