Victorian Poetry

Journal publishing scholary articles on topics related to Victorian poetry and poets.

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 3, Fall

Beatification through Beautification: Poetry in the Christian Lady's Magazine, 1834-1849
THE DEVOTIONAL VERSE OF A FEW VICTORIAN WOMEN SUCCEEDED IN REACHING a mammoth and mammothly approving audience. Frances Ridley Havergal, Mrs. Cecil Frances Alexander, and Sarah Flower Adams, for example, wrote religious lyrics in the form of hymns,...
Bessie Parkes's Summer Sketches: George Eliot as Poetic Persona
IN 1853 AN HISTORIC GROUP OF LITERARY VICTORIANS GATHERED AT THE KING'S Arms Inn at the foot of Leith Hill for a part of their summer holiday. A vanguard group of three women, Barbara Leigh Smith (later Bodichon), her aunt Julia Smith, and Bessie Rayner...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
This year, in EBB criticism, the politics of race, empire, and nation feature prominently, helping to counter the relative absence of "racial issues" in the work by the new wave of Victorian poetry scholars that Isobel Armstrong reflects on in her...
General Materials
In "Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society, Lauren M. E. Goodlad shifts the paradigm for studying Victorian society from the disciplinary panopticism of early Foucault, as deployed by D. A. Miller...
Gerard Manley Hopkins
The vicissitudes of nineteenth-century British Christianity, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, naturally feature regularly in discussions of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Few scholarly eras, however, include so much, as does the current one, of specific...
How All Occasions Do Inform: "Household Matters" and Domestic Vignettes in George Meredith's Modern Love
FOR ALMOST A CENTURY AND A HALF GEORGE MEREDITH'S MODERN LOVE HAS been recognized as a challengingly, troublingly modern poem. Successive generations found it contemporary and pertinent. In 1862 the poem irked and even scandalized reviewers for its...
Looking Strategically: Feminist and Queer Aesthetics in Michael Field's Sight and Song
Ut pictura poesis. --Horace (1) If the lesbian sees the women, the woman may see the lesbian seeing her. With this, there is a flowering of possibilities. The woman, feeling herself seen, may learn that she can be seen; she may also be able to...
Matthew Arnold
Although the record of Arnold scholarship over the past year contains no single item to match the significance of the final volume of Cecil Lang's edition of Arnold's letters or the monograph on Arnold's poetry by Alan Grob discussed in last year's...
Robert Browning
As I have made my way through hundreds, many hundreds, of pages recently published on Robert Browning and, as often as not, on Elizabeth Barrett as well, I have been forced to wonder what it is about these two poets and their poetry that still attracts...
Specialized Materials
Continuing the discussion that I began several years ago in this review column, I want to glance at yet another ongoing series that may be of interest to this journal's readers. Unlike previously discussed series, this one, however, does not center...
Swinburne
For many years impassioned Swinburneans have tried to make the scholarly world take Swinburne seriously, and have made some progress. Recently, however, at diverse cultural levels informed by, yet largely dissociated from Academe, something quite unexpected...
Tennyson
Amidst inescapable news coverage of a divisive war in Iraq, it is perhaps not surprising that Tennyson's war poetry is receiving renewed attention. Trudi Tate's "On Not Knowing Why: Memorializing the Light Brigade," Literature, Science, Psychoanalysis,...
The Pre-Raphaelites
The year has brought several books as well as two new editions and a number of articles. In order to do justice to all its contributors, I will retain the important collection Outsiders Looking In: The Rossettis Then and Now, edited by David Clifford...
Thomas Hardy
This has been the year of biography for Thomas Hardy. Most newsworthy, less for its scholarship than for the sensationalized publicity it invited and received, is Thomas Hardy's "Facts" Notebook: A Critical Edition (Ashgate, 2004), edited by William...