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Tennyson and Geology


Tennyson and Geology

Poetry and Poetics
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

von: Michelle Geric

95,19 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 13.12.2017
ISBN/EAN: 9783319661100
Sprache: englisch

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This book offers new interpretations of Tennyson’s major poems along-side contemporary geology, and specifically Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology (1830-3). Employing various approaches – from close readings of both the poetic and geological texts, historical contextualisation and the application of Bakhtin’s concept of dialogism – the book demonstrates not only the significance of geology for Tennyson’s poetry, but the vital import of Tennyson’s poetics in explicating the implications of geology for the nineteenth century and beyond. Gender ideologies in The Princess (1847) are read via High Miller’s geology, while the writings of Lyell and other contemporary geologist, comparative anatomists and language theorists are examined along-side In Memoriam (1851) and Maud (1855). The book argues that Tennyson’s experimentation with Lyell’s geology produced a remarkable ‘uniformitarian’ poetics that is best understood via Bakhtinian theory; a poetics that reveals the seminal role methodologies in geology played in the development of divisions between science and culture, and that also, quite profoundly, anticipates the crisis in language later associated with the linguistic turn of the twentieth century. 
1. Introduction: Between a Rock and a Hard Place.- 2. Ida's Footprint in the San: The Princess, Geology and the Extinction of Feminism.- 3. "Uniformitarian Arguments are Negative only": Lyell and Whewell.- 4. In Memoriam's Uniformitarian Poetics.- 5. Reading Maud's Remains: Geological Processes, and Palaeontological Reconstructions.- 6. Maud and the Unmeaning of Names: Geology, Language Theory and Dialogism.- Afterword: What Remains.
Michelle Geric is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster, UK.
The first single-author, book-length examination of Tennyson and geologyReaches further than the current trend of historical contextualisation of literature and science to offer new ways of approaching the study incorporating literary critical theory Addresses multi-disciplinary subject matter and in its critical approach
The first single-author, book-length examination of Tennyson and geologyReaches further than the current trend of historical contextualisation of literature and science to offer new ways of approaching the study incorporating literary critical theory Addresses multi-disciplinary subject matter and in its critical approach

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