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The Resource Victorian poetry and the culture of the heart, Kirstie Blair

Victorian poetry and the culture of the heart, Kirstie Blair

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Victorian poetry and the culture of the heart
Title
Victorian poetry and the culture of the heart
Statement of responsibility
Kirstie Blair
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart is a significant and timely study of nineteenth-century poetry and poetics. It considers why and how the heart became a vital image in Victorian poetry, and argues that the intense focus on heart imagery in many major Victorian poems highlights anxieties in this period about the ability of poetry to act upon its readers. In the course of the nineteenth century, this study argues, increased doubt about the validity of feeling led to the depiction of the literary heart as alienated, distant, outside the control of mind and will. This coincided with a notable rise in medical literature specifically concerned with the pathological heart, and with the development of new techniques and instruments of investigation such as the stethoscope. As poets feared for the health of their own hearts, their poetry embodies concerns about a widespread culture of heartsickness in both form and content. In addition, concerns about the heart's status and actions reflect upon questions of religious faith and doubt, and feed into issues of gender and nationalism. This book argues that it is vital to understand how this wider culture of the heart informed poetry and was in turn influenced by poetic constructs. Individual chapters on Barrett Browning, Arnold, and Tennyson explore the vital presence of the heart in major works by these poets--including, Aurora Leigh, "Empedocles on Etna," In Memoriam, and Maud--while the wide-ranging opening chapters present an argument for the mutual influence of poetry and physiology in the period and trace the development of new theories of rhythm as organic and affective."--Publisher's website
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Blair, Kirstie
Dewey number
821/.8093561
Index
index present
LC call number
PR591
LC item number
B53 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford English monographs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English poetry
  • Heart in literature
  • Human body in literature
  • Emotions in literature
Label
Victorian poetry and the culture of the heart, Kirstie Blair
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Proved on the pulses : heart disease in Victorian literature and culture -- Shocks and spasms : rhythm and the pulse of verse -- 'Ill-lodged in a woman's breast' : Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the woman's heart -- 'The old unquiet breast' : Matthew Arnold, heartsickness, and the culture of doubt -- 'Raving of dead men's dust and beating hearts' : Tennyson and the pathological heart
Control code
62889094
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780199273942
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006000900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780199273942
Label
Victorian poetry and the culture of the heart, Kirstie Blair
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Proved on the pulses : heart disease in Victorian literature and culture -- Shocks and spasms : rhythm and the pulse of verse -- 'Ill-lodged in a woman's breast' : Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the woman's heart -- 'The old unquiet breast' : Matthew Arnold, heartsickness, and the culture of doubt -- 'Raving of dead men's dust and beating hearts' : Tennyson and the pathological heart
Control code
62889094
Dimensions
cm.
Extent
pages
Isbn
9780199273942
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2006000900
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780199273942

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