Tennyson and the Text: The Weaver's Shuttle

Voorkant
Cambridge University Press, 9 apr. 1992 - 274 pagina's
This 1992 study of Tennyson evolves its themes 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 leads to a consciousness of his own critical and interpretative weaving, while revealing a pattern in the fabric of Tennyson's work. This procedure brings together a theory of perception, developed in the first part of this study, with an analysis of the gendering of Tennyson's characters in the second part, and engages with the methodologies of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and gender theory. The weaving metaphor also opens up a key theoretical issue regarding Tennyson's poetics: is the textual shuttle managed by the controlling hand of a historically definable author, or is the poetic weaver 'cursed' like the Lady of Shalott to suffer a mystifying doom at the 'unseen hand' of an all-pervasive textuality that occludes authorial intention?

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Tennysons stupidity and ours
9
Poe and Tennyson
26
The aesthetic of particularity and the aesthetic
47
Tennyson and Julia
75
The mirror and the echo en abyme in Victorian
88
Interweave
113
mythic reflections
127
knowledge
141
the three women
161
the strangers hovering sword
191
Tennysons Cymbeline
213
Notes
221
Bibliography
245
Index
266
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