Alternative approaches have emerged which have radically altered our understanding of Tennyson's poetry and his relationship to the Victorian age. This text covers the most significant areas of new work on Tennyson, effectively linking feminist and gender studies with deconstructive, psychoanalytic and linguistic attention. The Introduction discusses ways in which orthodox critical approaches have dominated readings of Tennyson's poetry and provides a critical overview of the radical reappraisal of his work. It also provides a guide to the varied ways in which these new debates have shaped and are shaping themselves, with a final discussion of the future directions which Tennyson criticism is likely to take. The essays chosen cover and reflect a range of modes of critical enquiry compelling in themselves.
Table of Contents
General Editors' Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Gerhard Joseph, The Alienation of Work into Text in 'The Lady of Shalott' 2. Alan Sinfield, Tennyson and the Cultural Politics of Prophesy 3. Isobel Armstrong, 1832: Tennyson and the Critique of the Poetry of Sensation 4. Terry Eagleton, Tennyson: Politics and Sexuality in The Princess and In Memoriam 5. James Eli Adams, Woman in Red in Tooth and Claw: Nature and the Feminine in Tennyson and Darwin 6. Elain Jordon, 1857-1867: Divorce, Democracy and Thermodynamics: Getting Heated 7. Joseph Bristow, Nation, Class and Gender: ennyson's Maud and War 8. Matthew Rollinson, The Ideological Moment in Tennyson's Ulysses 9. Linda Shires, Patriarchy, Dead Men and Tennyson's Idylls of the King 10. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Tennyson's Princess: One Bride for Seven Brothers 11. Jeff Nunokawa, In Memoriam and the Extinction of the Homosexual Further Reading Index
Rebecca Stott is a novelist, non-fiction writer, broadcaster and Professor Literature & Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.