Arthur O'Shaughnessy, A Pre-Raphaelite Poet in the British Museum

Routledge (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erschienen am 17. Januar 2019
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 200 Seiten
978-0-367-14031-1 (ISBN)
Arthur O'Shaughnessy's career as a natural historian in the British Museum, and his consequent preoccupation with the role of work in his life, provides the context with which to reexamine his contributions to Victorian poetry. O'Shaughnessy's engagement with aestheticism, socialism, and Darwinian theory can be traced to his career as a Junior Assistant at the British Museum, and his perception of the burden of having to earn a living outside of art. Making use of extensive archival research, Jordan Kistler demonstrates that far from being merely a minor poet, O'Shaughnessy was at the forefront of later Victorian avant-garde poetry. Her analyses of published and unpublished writings, including correspondence, poetic manuscripts, and scientific notebooks, demonstrate O'Shaughnessy's importance to the cultural milieu of the 1870s, particularly his contributions to English aestheticism, his role in the importation of decadence from France, and his unique position within contemporary debates on science and literature.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Höhe: 234 mm
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  • Breite: 156 mm
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  • Dicke: 11 mm
  • 318 gr
978-0-367-14031-1 (9780367140311)
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Jordan Kistler is a Teaching Fellow in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her work focuses on the often-overlooked Pre-Raphaelite poets of the 1870s.
AcknowledgementsList of Abbreviations
1 'Dreary Creeds' and 'Sham Wits': O'Shaughnessy's Poetic Representations of Nature and Science
2 'I Carve the Marble of Pure Thought': Work and Art in the Poetry of Arthur O'Shaughnessy
3 'The Purest Parian': The Formalism of Arthur O'Shaughnessy
4 'Those too sanguine singers': Arthur O'Shaughnessy's French Influences
5 'Love's Splendid Lures': Arthur O'Shaughnessy's Medievalism

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