Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 3, Fall

Arms and the Circassian Woman: Frances Browne's "The Star of Atteghei"
IN DECEMBER 1916 A WRITER FOR THE IRISH BOOK LOVER LAMENTED THAT THE centenary of the birth of Frances Brown, once known far and wide as 'the blind girl of Donegal,' which occurred on 16th January last, did not elicit a single line in any journal,...
"Death Lies Dead": The Allusive Texture of Swinburne's "A Forsaken Garden"
Swinburne's provocative dissent was not usually indirect. His controversial mode had, it is usually assumed, little place for the oblique. With the overt impatience with Christianity inscribed in Poems and Ballads first series (1866), there is no surprise...
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Surveying canonical transformations in the forty-four years since establishment of the journal Victorian Studies, Edward H. Cohen notes, as one significant change, that there are now "almost as many" bibliography entries each year on Elizabeth Barrett...
Gerard Manley Hopkins
In a year that has also featured revisions of previous Hopkinsian scholarship, two new books and a number of diversified new journal articles offer varied critical opinions. Even though one can occasionally encounter in these writings some neglect...
Guide to the Year's Work: General Materials
Certainly one of the largest, and probably the most important, recent works on Victorian poetry is A Companion to Victorian Poetry, edited by Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman, and Antony H. Harrison, a compilation of thirty-one substantial essays by...
Matthew Arnold
When I mentioned in last year's essay that this year I would discuss the sixth and final volume of Cecil Y. Lang's edition of Matthew Arnold's letters (University Press of Virginia), which had appeared in late 2001, I did not suspect that it would...
Robert Browning
Recent months have brought forth various studies of Robert Browning, ranging from pleasing and careful popularization; to examinations of language, tropes, and gender; to notes and reference works. Those texts aimed at the general reader vary widely...
Specialized Materials
We are engaged currently in an important discussion in literature and cultural studies departments about publication requirements for tenure and promotion. What constitutes significant and sufficient research, and how should our guidelines change to...
Swinburne
This has been an extremely thin year for Swinburne studies. Last year I discussed Heather Seagroatt's "Swinburne Separates the Men from the Girls: Sensationalism in Poems and Ballads" (VLC 30 [2002]: 41-59), Malcolm Hardman's "Faithful to the Greek?:...
Tennyson
Preoccupations with empire and gender somewhat abated in Tennyson studies in 2002, with the slack taken up by attention to influence, a term near to hand because Robert Douglas-Fairhurst treats the subject in such resonant terms in Victorian Afterlives:...
The Hero and the Sage: Elizabeth Barrett's Sonnets "To George Sand" in Victorian Context
IN DECEMBER OF 1844 AMEDEE PICHOT, EDITOR OF REVUE BRITANNIQUE, published a French translation of To George Sand: A Desire" along with the English version. (1) Elizabeth Barrett had published her two sonnets "To George Sand" only a few months earlier...
The Poets of the Nineties
Attack permeates Germaine Greer's "The Name and Nature of Poetry" (HSJ 28 [2002]: 9-23), delivered as the Housman Lecture during the Orange World International Writers Season in London, Apollo Theatre, December 11, 2002. Choosing a title which throws...
The Pre-Raphaelites
I will begin this year's review with three brief general studies of Pre-Raphaelitism. David Riede's overview of "The Pre-Raphaelite School," in the Blackwell Companion to Victorian Poetry edited by Richard Cronin, Alison Chapman, and Antony H. Harrison,...
Thomas Hardy
At some indefinable point in recent decades a significant new movement occurred in Hardy criticism. For want of a better term I would like to call it a "focalization" change for, indeed, there came a time when a greater loco-specific shape developed...
Two Interpolated Speeches in Robert Browning's A Death in the Desert
ROBERT BROWNING'S A DEATH IN THE DESERT, WHICH FIRST APPEARED IN THE collection Dramatis Personae, published in May 1864, is a poem of exceptional interest, intimately related to the intellectual life of its time. The date of composition is uncertain....