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Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

Abstract

This book explores Tennyson’s representation of rapture, or being carried away, as a radical mechanism of transformation—theological, social, political, or personal—and as a figure for critical processes in his own poetics. The poet’s fascination with transformation is figured formally in the genre he is credited with inventing, the dramatic monologue. Situating Tennyson within communities of Victorian classicists, explorers, politicians, theologians, and sexologists, this book offers substantial original readings of a range of Tennyson’s major poems. Tennyson’s Rapture investigates the poet’s ... More

Keywords: Alfred Lord Tennyson, Rapture, William Gladstone, Victorian politics, Democracy, dramatic monologue, Whig party, Homer, Pentacostalism, Victorian classical study, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195150544
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150544.001.0001

Authors

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Cornelia D. J. Pearsall, author
Smith College
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