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Published: 29 January 2008

408 Pages | 9 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195150544

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Tennyson's Rapture

Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue

Cornelia D. J. Pearsall

This book explores Tennyson's representation of rapture as a radical mechanism of transformation--theological, social, political, or personal--and as a figure for critical processes in his own poetics. Offering a new approach to reading Victorian dramatic monologues, Pearsall probes the complex aims of these performances, showing how speakers' ambitions are both articulated in, and attained through, their consequential speech.