Victorian Afterlives: The Shaping of Influence in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Author:   Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
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9780198187271


Pages:   388
Publication Date:   01 March 2002
Format:   Hardback
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'This book is one of the most impressive critical analyses of nineteenth-century literary culture that I have read in a long time. A closely written and argued discussion of theories of literary influence in a nineteenth-century context, it ranges widely and makes always interesting and sometimes brilliant connections...This is a major work of Victorian literary criticism, and a book to be read over and over again for its myriad insights and felicities.' -Tennyson Research Bulletin 'Close readings unravel the manner in which 'dead' voices haunt Tennyson's poetry, and the author is uncommonly sharp-eared for nuance.' -Scotland on Sunday 'Ambitious, delightful, frustrating, wide-ranging, often beautifully written... Its sheer range sets it apart from the usual academic monograph... refreshingly free of jargon.' -Angela Leighton, Times Literary Supplement 'One of the enjoyable features of Douglas-Fairhurst's writing is its commitment to close reading. He can make a word or line come alive by a turn of phrase which resonantly prolongs its momentum.' -Angela Leighton, Times Literary SupplementThis major study examines a Victorian obsession with 'influence', the often unpredictable after-effects of words and actions, in fields as diverse as mesmerism and theology, literary theory and sanitation reform. For writers such as Tennyson, FitzGerald and Dickens, the idea is both a theoretical and a practical problem.Survival is not only what their writing critically examines, but also what it sets out to achieve.

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Author:   Robert Douglas-Fairhurst (Magdalen College, Oxford)
Publisher:   Oxford University Press
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Dimensions:   Width: 14.50cm , Height: 2.50cm , Length: 22.30cm
Weight:   0.550kg
ISBN:  

9780198187271


ISBN 10:   0198187270
Pages:   388
Publication Date:   01 March 2002
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ; Introduction ; 1. Forms of Survival ; 2. Voices in the Air ; 3. Tennyson's Sympathy ; 4. Edward FitzGerald: Under the Influence ; Afterword ; Bibliography ; Index

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The great strength of Victorian Afterlives lies in the brilliance of Douglas-Fairhurst's close readings Kirstie Blair, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies ... neatly phrased, incisive commentary is a precious feature of this book: its strength lies in such observations, in the author's highly-trained discrimination as a close reader of words. Dickens Quarterly It is perhaps the most remarkable achievement of Victorian Afterlives that this book, whose subject seems at first so uncertain, so forced, so peculiar to itself, should emerge as a significant combination of subjects previously known. MODERNISM/modernity Douglas-Fairhurst is extremely well-read in nineteenth-century literature, knowledgeable about his chosen authors, and sensitive to detail with an excellent ear for nuance and echo. He is adept at collecting strange and beautiful quotations and often has interesting and perceptive things to say about them. The Yearbook of English Studies This book is one of the most impressive critical analyses of nineteenth-century literary culture that I have read in a long time. A closely written and argued discussion of theories of literary influence in a nineteenth-century context, it ranges widely and makes always interesting and sometimes brilliant connections ... This is a major work of Victorian literary criticism, and a book to be read over and over again for its myriad insights and felicities. Tennyson Research Bulletin Close readings unravel the manner in which 'dead' voices haunt Tennyson's poetry, and the author is uncommonly sharp-eared for nuance. Scotland on Sunday Ambitious, delightful, frustrating, wide-ranging, often beautifully written ... Its sheer range sets it apart from the usual academic monograph ... refreshingly free of jargon. Angela Leighton, Times Literary Supplement One of the enjoyable features of Douglas-Fairhurst's writing is its commitment to close reading. He can make a word or line come alive by a turn of phrase which resonantly prolongs its momentum. Angela Leighton, Times Literary Supplement


The great strength of Victorian Afterlives lies in the brilliance of Douglas-Fairhurst's close readings Kirstie Blair, George Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies ... neatly phrased, incisive commentary is a precious feature of this book: its strength lies in such observations, in the author's highly-trained discrimination as a close reader of words. Dickens Quarterly It is perhaps the most remarkable achievement of Victorian Afterlives that this book, whose subject seems at first so uncertain, so forced, so peculiar to itself, should emerge as a significant combination of subjects previously known. MODERNISM/modernity Douglas-Fairhurst is extremely well-read in nineteenth-century literature, knowledgeable about his chosen authors, and sensitive to detail with an excellent ear for nuance and echo. He is adept at collecting strange and beautiful quotations and often has interesting and perceptive things to say about them. The Yearbook of English Studies This book is one of the most impressive critical analyses of nineteenth-century literary culture that I have read in a long time. A closely written and argued discussion of theories of literary influence in a nineteenth-century context, it ranges widely and makes always interesting and sometimes brilliant connections ... This is a major work of Victorian literary criticism, and a book to be read over and over again for its myriad insights and felicities. Tennyson Research Bulletin Close readings unravel the manner in which 'dead' voices haunt Tennyson's poetry, and the author is uncommonly sharp-eared for nuance. Scotland on Sunday Ambitious, delightful, frustrating, wide-ranging, often beautifully written ... Its sheer range sets it apart from the usual academic monograph ... refreshingly free of jargon. Angela Leighton, Times Literary Supplement One of the enjoyable features of Douglas-Fairhurst's writing is its commitment to close reading. He can make a word or line come alive by a turn of phrase which resonantly prolongs its momentum. Angela Leighton, Times Literary Supplement


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