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In our recent classes we’ve been discussing in depth the importance of understanding a poem’s form in relation to Victorian debates about poetics and other Victorian contexts. In the class today, for example, we will turn to the dramatic monologue and think about  the relation between the “dramatic lyric” form and Victorian ideologies, with a focus on fallen women and prostitution.

Here are more resources to help you frame the debates in class about form:

  • Key essays on the intersection of Victorian culture and literary form:
          • The debate in Victorian Studies (49: 1, Autumn 2006) between Herbert Tucker, Caroline Levine and Carolyn Dever
          • Herbert Tucker, “The Fix of Form: An Open Letter”, Victorian Literature and Culture 1999, 27: 2, pp. 531-5
          • Anne Hartman, “Doing Things With Poems: Performativity and Cultural Form”, Victorian Poetry, Winter 2003, 41: 4, pp. 481-8
  • Recent examples of poetry criticism on form and culture:
          • The very latest issue of Victorian Poetry (50: 2, Summer 2012) has essays in genre and on poetics, about poets we cover in our course
          • Victorian Poetry (Spring 2011) has a special issue devoted to prosody
          • Jason Rudy, “On Cultural Neoformalism, Spasmodic Poetry, and the Victorian Ballad”, Victorian Poetry, Winter 2003, 41: 4, pp. 590-6
          • Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins, “Lyrical Studies”, Victorian Literature and Culture, 1999, 27: 2, pp. 521-30
  • Need to know more about Victorian poetic form? See:
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