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Title: 'A second flowering after date' : Shakespeare's sonnets and Victorian lyrical aestheticism
Author: Williams, Rhian Eleri.
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2006
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This study considers intertextuality in poetic terms, and uses Victorian reception of Shakespeare'sS onnetsa s its critical focus. Examination of nineteenth-century commentators' attempts to assimilate the Sonnetss' candalous content with Shakespeare's otherwise venerated reputation allows the author to contemplate Victorian cultural poetics as they emerge from reflections on the inheritance of literary traditions. This broad `intertextual' engagement forms a working context for evaluation of a collection of lyrically creative responsest o the SonnetsT. ennyson's In Memoriam;H opkins"To Oxford'; Wilde's Poemsa; nd Michael Field's Underneatthh e Bough are considered. Across these engagements, the significance of historical positioning - the Sonnetsa re specifically located `in the past' for these poems - is vital to the poems' intertextual dynamics. The dissolution produced by intertextual implications of plurality is rehabilitated by the action of remembrance - which produces memory and nostalgia - to facilitate articulation that is contingent on the notion of shared-speaking. The intertextual models revealed engage with late-century aesthetic historicism, focussed in their authors' various responses to Pater's writings. These poets, then, allude to the Sonnets scandalous content in a context that emphasises aesthetic purity and abstraction. This allows that intertextual engagements become a means of expressing elusive sensual and emotional bonds in literary terms.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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