Tennyson and the Histories of Criticism

Jerome J. McGann

in The Beauty of Inflections

Published in print August 1988 | ISBN: 9780198117506
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670961 | DOI:

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Tennyson and the Histories of Criticism

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This chapter works toward a historically grounded revaluation of a famous poem, and it attempts to integrate this interpretation with several disparate yet related sets of historical materials, including different phases of the reception history of Tennyson's work. An accurate transmission of facts is an essential element of criticism and scholarship, and a careful scholarly elucidation of obscure facts is only slightly less fundamental. The discussion here tries to show these relationships at a later point in this chapter, through a detailed examination of ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. Before that, it examines a quotation from the ‘Introduction’ to Henry Kozicki's recent book Tennyson and Cho, a work which sets out to define Tennyson's ‘philosophy of history’ and its poetic operations.

Keywords: reception history; poetry; The Charge of the Light Brigade; Henry Kozicki; Tennyson and Cho

Chapter.  12379 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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