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Abolition and Activism: The Present Uses of Literary Criticism  

James Dawes

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the relationship between literary critical practice and human rights, and describes the present uses of literary criticism. It analyzes an example of abolitionism and ... More

“Action, Action, Action”: Nineteenth-Century Literature for Twenty-First-Century Citizenship?  

Russ Castronovo and Dana D. Nelson

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines what can be learned from nineteenth-century American literature regarding twenty-first-century citizenship. It investigates how the intellectual project of reading ... More

Actors and Puppets From Henry Irving’s Lyceum To Edward Gordon Craig’s Arena Goldoni  

Olga Taxidou

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Oct 2016
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Dec 2016
This chapter explores the ‘aesthetics of catastrophe’ that informs the stage experiments of the period, epitomized by Edward Gordon Craig’s essay-manifesto of 1909, ‘The Actor and the ... More

Address  

Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This article discusses how the problem of literary address spawned many of Victorian poetry’s self-doubts. While engaging in more traditional forms of verse, Victorian poets realized the ... More

Aestheticism and the Politics of Pleasure  

Ruth Livesey

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Jul 2016
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Jun 2015
The late nineteenth-century Aesthetic movement challenged many aspects of Victorian literature and culture. This chapter explores how the emphasis on pleasure within Aestheticism was ... More

Aesthetics  

G. Terence Wilson

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
For centuries, literary critics have made a division between poetry and prose, believing that poetry focuses on complex interactions between sound and sense, while prose centers on lucid ... More

Alexander Pushkin as a Romantic  

Luba Golburt

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Jan 2016
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May 2016
This chapter maintains that Pushkin’s artistic project illuminates a paradoxical convergence of nationalism and internationalism at the core of both European and Russian Romanticism: the ... More

Alice Meynell, Again and Again  

Meredith Martin

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This article examines the poetry and essays of Alice Meynell. It first considers the poem, ‘A Modern Poet’ (1875), which illustrates both her ambivalence about women’s poetry and her own ... More

American Constitutional Elegy  

Max Cavitch

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the American constitutional elegy. It argues that American national difference in literature can be tracked in the terms of its engagement with specifically American ... More

American Intersections: Poetry in the United States 1837–1901  

Elisa New

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Oct 2013
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Dec 2013
This article traces the history of American poetry in the Victorian period, which witnessed the birth, maturity, and demise of American poetic culture. In 1837, American poetry was in its ... More

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