Tennyson and the Text: The Weaver's Shuttle

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Cambridge University Press, 9 apr. 1992 - 274 pagina's
Gerhard Joseph's study takes its major theme 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 (both in Tennyson's individual works and the larger poetic tapestry of his oeuvre) leads also to a consciousness of his own critical and interpretative weaving, bringing out a new pattern in the fabric of Tennyson's work. This brings together a theory of perception with an analysis of the gendering of Tennyson's characters, and engages with the methodologies of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and gender theory. The weaving metaphor is used to open up a key theoretical question regarding Tennyson's poetics and the relationship of authorial intention to the "unseen hand" of an all-pervasive textuality.

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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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