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The Victorian Verse-Novel: Aspiring to Life

Stefanie Markovits


This book considers the rise of a hybrid generic form, the verse-novel, in the second half of the nineteenth century. Such poems combined epic length with novelistic plots in the attempt to capture not a heroic past but the quotidian present. Victorian verse-novels also tended to be rough-mixed, their narrative sections interspersed with shorter, lyrical verses in varied measures. In flouting the rules of contemporary genre theory, which saw poetry as the purview of the eternal and ideal and relegated the everyday to the domain of novelistic prose, verse-novels proved well suited to upsetting ... More

Keywords: verse-novel, narrative, lyric, marriage plot, transatlantic poetry, temporality, geography, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Coventry Patmore, Arthur Hugh Clough

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198718864
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198718864.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefanie Markovits, author
Professor of English Language and Literature, Yale University

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