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Teaching Tact: Matthew Arnold and The Function of Criticism

David Russell

in Tact: Aesthetic Liberalism and the Essay Form in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780691196923
eISBN:
9781400887903
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691196923.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter shows that, for while it is true that Matthew Arnold focused on “the question of cultural values and intellectual and aesthetic standards,” the chapter suggests that it was precisely ... More


Scholar-Gypsies

ROBERT CRAWFORD

in The Modern Poet: Poetry, Academia, and Knowledge since the 1750s

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199269327
eISBN:
9780191699382
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269327.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the so-called scholar-gypsy poets in England during the middle of the 18th century, focusing on Matthew Arnold and Arthur Clough. Arnold is considered the dour Victorian Sage ... More


The Discipline of Meter

Meredith Martin

in The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860--1930

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152738
eISBN:
9781400842193
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152738.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks closely at the rise of state-funded English education to uncover the disciplinary role that poetry played. It shows how the naturalization of English “meter” was a crucial part of ... More


The Freedom of Criticism: Arnold’s Cynicisms

Helen Small

in The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780198861935
eISBN:
9780191894756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198861935.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter turns to the terrain of cultural criticism, with a predominantly literary focus. It develops an account of the attraction of Arnoldian criticism (with its ‘free play of ideas’) to the ... More


The Renaissance Revised England in the 1860s

J. B. BULLEN

in The Myth of the Renaissance in Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128885
eISBN:
9780191671722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128885.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The 1860s in England saw considerable developments in the Renaissance myth. The feelings of uncertainty about the moral basis of its achievements were swept away by a younger generation of writers ... More


‘Between Two Worlds’: Renan, Sand, and Matthew Arnold

Gould Warwick and Reeves Marjorie

in Joachim of Fiore

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199242306
eISBN:
9780191697081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199242306.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity, Theology

In Ernest Renan, one reaches a point where romantic faith is married to high scholarship. It would seem that the lively interest in medieval heretics as precursors of modern visionaries had itself ... More


Matthew Arnold

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/9780198122395.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Matthew Arnold liked looking down at things from a height. While at Rugby, he wrote a Latin poem about climbing in search of knowledge. The Strayed Reveller presents two panoramic views of human ... More


Culture and Ethnicity

Matthew Arnold

in Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: From Arnold to Du Bois

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622054
eISBN:
9780748651993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622054.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter studies the relationship between ethnicity and culture in Matthew Arnold's writings. It reconstructs his conception of ‘culture’ and examines the dangers of overemphasising the extent of ... More


Matthew Arnold’s Beatitude

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/9781474431538.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 2 explicates the material environment of the Athenaeum Club, London, as Matthew Arnold would have experienced it, to show that many of his key ideas were shaped by his embodied experience ... More


Tennyson, Arnold, and the Victorians The Legacy of Romantic Love

Seth T. Reno

in Amorous Aesthetics: Intellectual Love in Romantic Poetry and Poetics, 1788-1853

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786940834
eISBN:
9781789623185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786940834.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This final chapter examines the immediate afterlife of Romantic love. Victorian poets such as Alfred Tennyson and Matthew Arnold were both intrigued by and skeptical of love as a concept distinct ... More


Curriculum and Culture

R. D. Anderson

in European Universities from the Enlightenment to 1914

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198206606
eISBN:
9780191717307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206606.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Modern History

The original Humboldtian ideal of Bildung was modified in the early 19th century by the growth of disciplinary specialization and of natural science and medicine. But the Berlin model of university ... More


Humanism and Racism: 1850–1900

David Johnson

in Shakespeare and South Africa

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183150
eISBN:
9780191673955
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183150.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter reflects first on how the connection between liberal humanism and colonial racism is formulated in the writings of certain key thinkers of the late nineteenth century in Britain and the ... More


The Grand Style: 1800–1900

John Leonard

in Faithful Labourers: A Reception History of Paradise Lost, 1667-1970: Volume I: Style and Genre; Volume II: Interpretative Issues

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666553
eISBN:
9780191748967
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666553.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter traces the emergence of the term ‘grand style’. It was first applied to Milton by Matthew Arnold, but in his early writings Arnold spoke of ‘a grand style’ (not ‘the grand style’), and ... More


Jane Austen, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare: The Problem of the Opus

PARK HONAN

in The Art of Literary Biography

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182894
eISBN:
9780191673917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182894.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter considers the concepts of New Criticism and the New Historicism by looking a novelist, a poet, and a playwright in the light of a few of the ideas of deconstruction. The chapter tries to ... More


The Question of Celticism

W.J. Mc Cormack

in Ascendancy and Tradition in Anglo-Irish Literary History from 1789 To 1939

Published in print:
1985
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128069
eISBN:
9780191671630
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128069.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

No account of Anglo-Irish literature can be complete without some attention to the question of its relation to Gaelic culture, the 19th-century decline of Gaelic as a vernacular and the movement to ... More


The Spirit of the Age

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/9780198122395.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

‘Reform, that you may preserve’, Thomas Babington Macaulay urged the House of Commons in 1831. The alternative was to ‘persist in a hopeless struggle against the spirit of the age’. John Stuart Mill ... More


Close encounters of the third kind: Hamo Thornycroft’s The Mower and Matthew Arnold’s ‘Thyrsis’

Jane Thomas (ed.)

in Ekphrastic encounters: New interdisciplinary essays on literature and the visual arts

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781526125798
eISBN:
9781526141965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526125798.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter applies the idea of a non-hierarchical, creative exchange of meaning to Hamo Thornycroft’s 1884 sculpture of The Mower, and its accompanying epigraph from Matthew Arnold’s 1866 elegy for ... More


Matthew Arnold in Zion:: Hebrews, Hellenes, Aryans, and Semites

in Socrates and the Jews: Hellenism and Hebraism from Moses Mendelssohn to Sigmund Freud

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226472478
eISBN:
9780226472492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226472492.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

In 1869, Matthew Arnold published the essay Culture and Anarchy, in which he appealed to the intellectual and moral reform of England. The following year, the French intellectual Ernest Renan wrote a ... More


Ethnicity and Cultural Authority: From Arnold to Du Bois

Daniel G. Williams

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748622054
eISBN:
9780748651993
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622054.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Writing in 1903, W. E. B. Du Bois suggested that the goal for the African American was ‘to be a co-worker in the kingdom of culture’. He was evoking ‘culture’ as a solution to the divisions within ... More


The Ethics of Contemplation in ‘Wordsworth’

Adam Lee

in The Platonism of Walter Pater: Embodied Equity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2020
ISBN:
9780198848530
eISBN:
9780191882944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198848530.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Through the study of Plato, Pater was instrumental in changing the way Aristotle was read in Oxford’s Literae Humaniores as evident in his essay ‘On Wordsworth’ (1874). The more ideal elements of ... More


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