Victorian Poetry

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

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 2, Summer

American Renaissance Poetry and the Topos of Positionality: Genius Mundi and Genius Loci in Walt Whitman and William Gilmore Simms
If the modernist intellectual, fundamentally a deracine, saw literature as a "strategy of permanent exile" and fundamental displacement ... the new intellectual rather likes to pose as a topologist: S/he speaks from one specific place of cultural production.......
American Victorian Poetry: The Transatlantic Poetic
IN A SPEECH GIVEN AT A FORMAL DINNER IN 1868 FOR SAMUEL BREESE MORSE (THE American portrait painter who invented the electric telegraph), William Cullen Bryant began by speaking "in behalf of the press" as a New York City newspaper editor and ended...
Audience Terminable and Interminable: Anne Gilchrist, Walt Whitman, and the Achievement of Disinhibited Reading
ANNE BURROWS GILCHRIST WAS INTRODUCED TO WALT WHITMAN'S POETRY IN 1869 by her friend William Michael Rossetti, and the effect was galvanic. She read him first in Rossetti's own expurgated Poems of Walt Whitman (1868) and subsequently in the complete...
E. C. Stedman and the Invention of Victorian Poetry
CRITICS HAVE LONG DESPISED "THE GENTEEL TRADITION" OF THE AMERICAN nineteenth century. According to the vast majority of American literary histories written since 1915 (when Van Wyck Brooks published his polemic America's Coming of Age), the genteel...
Edmund Clarence Stedman's Black Atlantic
LIKE MATTHEW ARNOLD, OF WHOSE COMMANDING PRECEDENT HE WAS ONLY TOO well aware, Edmund Clarence Stedman began his literary career as a poet only to refashion himself at midlife, quite successfully, as a critic. Stedman's breakthrough work in criticism,...
Outsourcing "The Raven": Retroactive Origins
IN 1885 INFLUENTIAL POE BIOGRAPHER AND CRITIC JOHN HENRY INGRAM proclaimed "The Raven" the most popular lyric poem in the world": It has appeared in all shapes and styles, from the little penny Glasgow edition to the magnificent folios of Mallarmd...
Uncollected Letters of Algernon Charles Swinburne
Uncollected Letters of Algernon Charles Swinburne, ed. Terry L. Meyers. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2005. xxvi + 334 pp. (vol. 1), v + 487 pp. (vol. 2), v + 399 pp. (vol. 3). Hardback $475.00; 295.00 [pounds sterling]. Algernon Charles Swinburne,...