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Just Noticeable Differences: Meredith and Fragmentation (Discontinuous Form)

Nicholas Dames

in The Physiology of the Novel: Reading, Neural Science, and the Form of Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199208968
eISBN:
9780191695759
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208968.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores physiological novel theory's vexed relation with notions of ‘organic form’ by examining the discourse of psychophysics, a theory of the discrete building-blocks of ... More


Science, System, and the Sexual Body: The Ordeal of Richard Feverel

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199582563
eISBN:
9780191702327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines George Meredith's novel The Ordeal of Richard Feverel and its relevance to discourses concerning sexuality and fears of precocious development in childhood in England during the ... More


Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads

George Meredith

Criscillia Benford and Rebecca Mitchell (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300173178
eISBN:
9780300189100
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300173178.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside occupies a distinctive and somewhat notorious place within George Meredith's already unique body of work. It is now best known for the emotionally ... More


Contemporary Reactions

George Meredith

in Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300173178
eISBN:
9780300189100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300173178.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter compiles and consolidates the contemporary responses to Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads, responses that have ranged from negative to vehement to ... More


The Long Poem: George Meredith’s Sleep

Elisha Cohn

in Still Life: Suspended Development in the Victorian Novel

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190250041
eISBN:
9780190250065
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190250041.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter considers the uniquely Victorian and currently under-theorized genre of the long poem, examining the depiction of sleep and sensation as a challenge to developmental ideals in George ... More


Poetry and the ‘Non-Darwinian Revolution’

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter describes the non-Darwinian and pseudo-Darwinian evolutionary poetry in the late Victorian period. It then explores the acts of bad faith led by Algernon Charles Swinburne and Mathilde ... More


Death

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter explores how poets have responded to the related question of immortality. It specifically investigates poems by three of the major poets of the Darwinian world view, George Meredith, ... More


Meredith & Ends

Jami Bartlett

in Object Lessons: The Novel As a Theory of Reference

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226369655
eISBN:
9780226369792
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226369792.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter defines and analyzes the “impacted object” in George Meredith’s The Egoist, arguing that the incomprehensible compression of his aphorisms and the tedium of his plots should be read as a ... More


Four Lesser Poets

Paul Turner

in Victorian Poetry, Drama and Miscellaneous Prose 1832–1890

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122395
eISBN:
9780191671401
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122395.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Elizabeth Barrett Browning might reasonably have become Poet Laureate. The thoughts of her heart included passionate feelings about God, Nature, poetry, love, her spaniel Flush, and all victims of ... More


Love and Sex

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the implications of the fact that humans are animals for how they think about love and sexual desire. Constance Naden's finest achievement as a comic poet is the series of four ... More


On Balance

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter starts by discussing how Robert Frost, A. R. Ammons and Pattiann Rogers expressly weigh up the Darwinian condition. Next, it examines how Thomas Hardy, Amy Clampitt and Thom Gunn use ... More


Feminist Readings and Poetic Paintings

Lucy Ella Rose

in Suffragist Artists in Partnership: Gender, Word and Image

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474421454
eISBN:
9781474444934
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421454.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapters 6 and 7 are linked in their exploration of artists’ readings, literary sources and subjects, and in their focus on paintings of women and water: from the drowned ‘fallen woman’ in George’s ... More


Humans and Other Animals

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter focuses on three types of animal that have played particular symbolic roles in poetry since Charles Darwin. In birds of prey, Robinson Jeffers, Ted Hughes, Richard Eberhart and others ... More


Conclusion

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter presents ‘Kew Gardens’ by the contemporary Scottish poet D. M. Black, a poem which captures both the need for a source of meaning that transcends scientific materialism and the potential ... More


The Forcing Apparatus: Dombey and Son

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child: Child Development in Literature, Science, and Medicine, 1840-1900

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199582563
eISBN:
9780191702327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582563.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines discourses concerning child mental development in England during the 19th century. It offers extended literary readings of two mid-century novels which address questions of ... More


Poetry in the Age of Darwin

John Holmes

in Darwin's Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748639403
eISBN:
9780748652174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639403.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter argues that both the so-called eclipse of Darwinism around the turn of the last century and disputes between current evolutionists have been overplayed. It then briefly addresses the ... More


On the Senses

George Meredith

in Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300173178
eISBN:
9780300189100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300173178.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores the role that the senses and the sensory experience play in the composition of poetry. The excerpts it shows note, for instance, note how Victorian scientists and physiologists ... More


Nineteenth-Century Poetics

George Meredith

in Modern Love and Poems of the English Roadside, with Poems and Ballads

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300173178
eISBN:
9780300189100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300173178.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter takes a look at the abiding aesthetic concerns of Victorian-age poetry and poetics. Are the ancients still relevant to modern poets and readers? What is the purpose of poetry? How should ... More


The Spasm of the Familiar: Indians in Late Nineteenth-century London

Elleke Boehmer

in Indian Arrivals 1870–1915: Networks of British Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198744184
eISBN:
9780191804076
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198744184.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Chapter 2 considers the Indian encounter with the imperial metropolis and its city networks, the primary destination of their travels. The 1880s, the heyday of Liberal Britain, is the dominant focus, ... More


The Future

Michael Ruse

in Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190241025
eISBN:
9780190241056
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241025.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Christianity offers hope of everlasting bliss; Darwinism also thinks about our future state, our hopes, and our illusions. Thomas Hardy has little hope of the hereafter. In this life, he moves ... More


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