Tennyson and Geology: Poetry and Poetics

Tennyson and Geology: Poetry and Poetics

by Michelle Geric

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This book offers new interpretations of Tennyson’s major poems along-side contemporary geology, and specifically Charles Lyell’sPrinciples 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 bookdemonstrates 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 inThe 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-sideIn 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 ofdivisions between science and culture, and that also, quite profoundly, anticipates the crisis in language later associated with the linguistic turn of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783319881782
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
Pages: 219
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michelle Geric is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Westminster, UK.

Table of Contents

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. ReadingMaud's Remains: Geological Processes, and Palaeontological Reconstructions.- 6.Maudand the Unmeaning of Names: Geology, Language Theory and Dialogism.- Afterword: What Remains.

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