Antony H. Harrison is Professor of English at North Carolina State University.
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The career of Matthew Arnold as an eminent poet and the preeminent critic of his generation constitutes a remarkable historical spectacle orchestrated by a host of powerful Victorian cultural institutions. The Cultural Production of Matthew Arnold investigates these constructions by situating Arnold’s poetry in a number of contexts that partially shaped it.
“This authoritatively, often handsomely written set of essays reflects several decades’ analytic rumination on Arnold the man and the writer—the figure who made himself by poetry and then, decisively, by essayistic prose the leading Victorian influence on literary criticism as it was practiced and discussed in the twentieth-century Anglophone world.”
Herbert F. Tucker, author of Epic: Britain’s Heroic Muse, 1790–1910
The Culture of Christina Rossetti explores a “new” Christina Rossetti as she emerges from the scrutiny of the particular historical and cultural context in which she lived and wrote. The essays in this collection demonstrate how the recluse, saint, and renunciatory spinster of former studies was in fact an active participant in her society's attempt to grapple with new developments in aesthetics, theology, science, economics, and politics.