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Gerhard Joseph's study takes its major theme from the weaving figure of The Lady of Shalott, which becomes a kind of parable for the author and his texts. Taking its derivation from the Latin, texere, "to weave," Professor Joseph's focus on poetic texture and a sense of textuality (both in Tennyson's individual works and the larger poetic tapestry of his oeuvre) leads also to a consciousness of his own critical and interpretative weaving, bringing out a new pattern in the fabric of Tennyson's work. This brings together a theory of perception with an analysis of the gendering of Tennyson's characters, and engages with the methodologies of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and gender theory. The weaving metaphor is used to open up a key theoretical question regarding Tennyson's poetics and the relationship of authorial intention to the "unseen hand" of an all-pervasive textuality.
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"A sophisticated exercise in the possibilities of reading, an ambitious utterance by a major figure in Victorian studies." Alan Sinfield
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- Date Published: April 1992
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521413909
- length: 294 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- contains: 9 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Preface: from strange diagonal to weaver's shuttle
Part I. Victorian Warp: Perception:
1. Tennyson's stupidity - and ours
2. Dream houses of 'etherisity': Poe and Tennyson
3. The aesthetic of particularity and the aesthetic of vagueness: the owl and the eagle
4. The sharp and the blurred: Julia Margaret Cameron and Tennyson
5. The mirror and the echo en abyme in Victorian poetry interweave - my lady('s) shuttle: the alienation of work into text
Part II. Victorian Woof: Representative Men and Mystified Women:
6. Homeric competition: mythic reflections of representative men
7. From sensuous idea to mythic woman: knowledge, wisdom, and Pallas Athene
8. Tennyson choosing: the three women
9. Choosing Tennyson: the stranger's hovering sword
10. Last words: Tennyson's Cymbeline
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