Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 April 2009

288 Pages | 3 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719080845

Bookseller Code (06)


The female sublime from Milton to Swinburne

Bearing blindness

Catherine Maxwell

Published by Manchester University Press

  • An important reassessment of the part gender plays in the making of the male poet
  • Traces Milton's influence on Shelley, Tennyson, Browning and Swinburne to show how the lyric male poet achieves vision at the cost of symbolic blindness and feminisation
  • Draws together a wide range of concerns including the use of myth, the gender of the sublime, the lyric fragment, and the relation of pain to creativity
  • This imaginative revisionist study suggests a new interpretative framework for Victorian men's poetry, while providing detailed and extensive rereadings of many major poems

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