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Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Isobel Hurst

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book brings together two lines of enquiry in recent criticism: the reception of ancient Greece and Rome, and women as writers and readers in the 19th century. A classical education has been ... More


‘Unscrupulously Epic’

Isobel Hurst

in Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter emphasizes how Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a woman who was largely self-taught, successfully negotiated gender difficulties by choosing to concentrate on poetry rather than philological ... More


‘Vulgar needs’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Profit, and Literary Value

Alison Chapman

in Victorian Literature and Finance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199281923
eISBN:
9780191712951
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199281923.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter on Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) considers the matter of what made literary writing valuable — and how money could be involved without compromising aesthetic significance — from ... More


On Impulse: Spasmodic Epic 1850–1860

Herbert F. Tucker

in Epic: Britain's Heroic Muse 1790–1910

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199232987
eISBN:
9780191716447
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232987.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter on the spasmodic movement of the 1850s reaches back across the 1840s to Bailey and Horne as the heralds of a New-Age epic universalism burned clean in the white heat of imaginative ... More


Dissenting Forms: The Brownings

Kirstie Blair

in Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199644506
eISBN:
9780191741593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

Chapter 4 focuses on Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with a particular concentration on two major works of the 1850s, Christmas-Eve and Aurora Leigh. It argues that the dissenting, ... More


Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart

Kirstie Blair

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199273942
eISBN:
9780191706592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273942.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book considers why and how the heart became a vital image in Victorian poetry, and argues that the intense focus on heart imagery in many major Victorian poems highlights anxieties in this ... More


‘Ill-lodged in a woman’s breast’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Woman’s Heart

Kirstie Blair

in Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199273942
eISBN:
9780191706592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273942.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Gender was central to accounts of heart disease given that women's hearts were generally supposed to be weaker and more emotionally vulnerable than those of men. This chapter examines the gendered ... More


FROM ELEGY TO PROPHECY

Matthew Reynolds

in The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187127
eISBN:
9780191719066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187127.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins by explaining that to the imaginations of the mid-19th century English, Italy was a uniquely attractive land, and they often transformed it into a realm of fantasy no less ... More


BROWNING'S ALIEN PAGES

Matthew Reynolds

in The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187127
eISBN:
9780191719066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187127.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins by explaining that Browning's workings of imagination suggests that he did not conceive of himself as merging with or domesticating his subjects: he uses them and casts them ... More


Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Kirstie Blair

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199644506
eISBN:
9780191741593
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

This study situates Victorian poetry in relation to Victorian religion, with particular emphasis on the bitter contemporary debates over the use of forms in worship. It argues that poetry made ... More


Wounded Utterance: Trauma and Italy’s Second War of Independence in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poems Before Congress and Last Poems

Patricia Cove

in Italian Politics and Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781474447249
eISBN:
9781474464970
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474447249.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Chapter 4 traces the traumatic impact of the 1859 Second Italian War of Independence in Elizabeth Barrett Browning ’s Poems Before Congress (1860) and Last Poems (1862). Despite voicing enthusiastic ... More


Robert Browning’s Domestic Gods

Kevin A. Morrison

in Victorian Liberalism and Material Culture: Synergies of Thought and Place

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474431538
eISBN:
9781474445023
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474431538.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter four rereads the interior spaces of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Florentine residence, Casa Guidi. Instead of seeing it as a space that exemplifies middle-class Victorian domestic ... More


The immorality of French novels

Juliette Atkinson

in French Novels and the Victorians

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780197266090
eISBN:
9780191860003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266090.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Anxieties about immorality were rarely far from discussion of French novels. However, contemporary notions of ‘immorality’ were far more unstable than has often been suggested. The chapter begins by ... More


‘Your Fourier’s Failed’: Networks of Affect and Anti-Socialist Meaning in Aurora Leigh

Eric Hood

in Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism: "A Tribe of Authoresses"

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781786940605
eISBN:
9781786945136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter traces the affective forces at work in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s representation of utopian socialist Charles Fourier in Aurora Leigh (1855).  In Barrett Browning’s verse-novel, ... More


‘Sensuous Things’

Dayton Haskin

in John Donne in the Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199212422
eISBN:
9780191707216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212422.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

By the 1860s the desire to look into John Donne's writings that had started in the English Romantic period had spread to the western side of the Atlantic. In Britain the revival of interest in Donne ... More


Teaching Curses, Teaching Nations: Abolition Time and the Recoils of Antislavery Poetics

Tricia Lootens

in The Political Poetess: Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691170312
eISBN:
9781400883721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691170312.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter offers a reading of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem “A Curse for a Nation”—a response to the proslavery, imperialist national sentimentality of the American “Ostend Manifesto” of ... More


Introduction: A Short History of a Long Form

Stefanie Markovits

in The Victorian Verse-Novel: Aspiring to Life

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198718864
eISBN:
9780191788314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198718864.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

“Introduction: A Short History of a Long Form” introduces the verse-novel by describing its major features—including its contemporaneity (in contrast to epic), its storytelling impulse, its frequent ... More


‘Another sort of writing’? Invalidism and Poetic Labour in the Letters of Elizabeth Barrett

Marcus Waithe

in Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748681327
eISBN:
9781474422239
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748681327.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter responds to Thomas Carlyle’s suggestion that correspondence might be a lesser form of literary ‘work’ than other forms of writing. The question of epistolary labour is particularly ... More


Networking the Nation: British and American Women's Poetry and Italy, 1840–1870

Alison Chapman

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198723578
eISBN:
9780191790386
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723578.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Women's Literature

This book uncovers the British and American expatriate community in Italy, and especially Florence, in the decades leading up the Unification of Italy (the Risorgimento). The women poets who lived in ... More


‘that strong excepted soul’: Nineteenth-Century Women Read Keats

Carmen Faye Mathes

in Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786941817
eISBN:
9781789623253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941817.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the ways in which Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Letitia Elizabeth Landon (LEL), and Mary Shelley characterize John Keats after his death in 1821 and before the publication and ... More


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