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The Melancholy Character: Butler

Jennifer Radden

in The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195151657
eISBN:
9780199849253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter presents Samuel Butler's discussion of melancholy. The work Characters, from which the following sketch of the melancholy man is taken, was written between 1667 and 1669. Butler's volume ... More


Pseudonymity, Third‐personality, and Anonymity as Disturbances in fin de siècle Auto/biography: ‘Mark Rutherford’, George Gissing, Edmund Gosse and Others

Max Saunders

in Self Impression: Life-Writing, Autobiografiction, and the Forms of Modern Literature

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199579761
eISBN:
9780191722882
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579761.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This is the first of four chapters exploring the turn‐of‐the‐century disturbances in the relation between life‐writing and fiction. It argues that ‘autobiography’ begins to seem a problematic ... More


Puritans into Revolutionaries: Butler's Hudibras and Ratschky's Melchior Striegel

Ritchie Robertson

in Mock-Epic Poetry from Pope to Heine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199571581
eISBN:
9780191722356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571581.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, 18th-century Literature

Continuing the theme of mock‐epic reactions to the French Revolution, this chapter examines a little‐known Austrian poem from the 1790s, in which the youthful protagonist tries to start a revolution ... More


Four Notable Authors

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/9780198122395.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter explores four notable authors: Thomas Babington Macaulay, Harriet Martineau, John Stuart Mill, and Samuel Butler. Macaulay’s computer-like mind gave his writings a tone of slightly ... More


The Rise of the Fictional Jesus

in The Historical Jesus and the Literary Imagination, 1860–1920

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846314704
eISBN:
9781846316159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846316159.005
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter discusses the fully fictional prose that emerged from the Life of Jesus tradition. Samuel Butler's The Fair Haven stood out from other novels of all persuasions that were flooding the ... More


Harps in Babylon: Cowley, Davenant, Butler

Anthony Welch

in The Renaissance Epic and the Oral Past

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300178869
eISBN:
9780300188998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300178869.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter examines a body of poems written by a single close-knit group of Englishmen in the wake of their king's overthrow and execution in 1649. The defeated royalists who wrote most of these ... More


Of Frogs and Men 1768–1827

David Turner

in The Old Boys: The Decline and Rise of the Public School

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780300189926
eISBN:
9780300213133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300189926.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter describes the British public school system from 1768 to 1827. Topics covered include the student rebellions at public schools, which reflected the permanent atmosphere of violence in ... More


Homer in the Gutter: From Samuel Butler to the Second Sophistic and Back Again

James I. Porter

in Marginality, Canonicity, Passion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198818489
eISBN:
9780191859540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198818489.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In antiquity Homer may have been the most revered of poets, and the foundation of all literary criticism and philology; but he was also the most maligned and interfered with of ancient poets. He ... More


‘Adventurous Song’: Samuel Butler, Abraham Cowley, Katherine Philips, John Milton, and 1660s Verse

Margaret J. M. Ezell

in The Oxford English Literary History: Volume V: 1645-1714: The Later Seventeenth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780198183112
eISBN:
9780191847158
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198183112.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

The decade after the Restoration saw the publication of several important works and collections of verse. Samuel Butler’s mock-heroic Hudibras satirized the civil war conflict, and although Abraham ... More


Monsters of Empire: Conrad and Lawrence

Chris Baldick

in In Frankenstein's Shadow: Myth, Monstrosity, and Nineteenth-Century Writing

Published in print:
1990
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198122494
eISBN:
9780191671432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198122494.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

H. G. Wells may have brought the Frankenstein myth's fictional exploitation to one kind of dead end in The Invisible Man, but in The Island of Doctor Moreau he had opened it out in another direction ... More


Factions, seditions and schismatical principles: Puritans and Dissenters

Robert G. Ingram

in Reformation without end: Religion, politics and the past in post-revolutionary England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781526126948
eISBN:
9781526136244
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526126948.003.0011
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter anatomizes the dispute between Zachary Grey and Dissenting historians like Daniel Neal who together mined the recent English past for ammunition in eighteenth-century religious and ... More


Homer’s Daughter: Graves’s Vera Historia

Sheila Murnaghan

in Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198738053
eISBN:
9780191801594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738053.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Robert Graves’s 1955 novel Homer’s Daughter deserves attention for its sly commentary on the genre of historical fiction; its complex relationship to Homer’s Odyssey; and its spirited protagonist, a ... More


Beginning Again: Darwin’s Caterpillar from George Eliot to Beckett

Daniel Aureliano Newman

in Modernist Life Histories: Biological Theory and The Experimental Bildungsroman

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781474439619
eISBN:
9781474459716
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439619.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The chapter examines one particularly evident case of literature borrowing from biology: the case of what Samuel Beckett calls “Darwin’s caterpillar.” This caterpillar, described in The Origin of ... More


or a Set of Promoters: Robbe-Grillet Cleansing Every Object in Sight, and Vik Muniz Piling Them Up

Thierry Bardini

in Junkware

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816667505
eISBN:
9781452946580
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816667505.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This introductory chapter provides a background to the connection between junk and late-modern humans. It talks about the contemporary art of Vik Muniz, who plays the history of art and re-creates ... More


‘Essentially a Moral Problem’: Robert Graves and the Politics of the Plain Prose Translation

Philip Burton

in Robert Graves and the Classical Tradition

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198738053
eISBN:
9780191801594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198738053.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter investigates why Robert Graves so consistently and explicitly adopts a ‘plain-prose’ translation technique even when translating authors as varied as Apuleius, Lucan, Suetonius, and ... More


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