Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare 'This is Living Art'

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-02-09
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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For most of the twentieth century the exuberant fluency of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's art was not regarded as worthy of serious attention. Even the evidence for the swiftness of her wit, thought and composition remains more impressionistic and anecdotal than firmly proven. Through close attention to original manuscript material, Josie Billington argues that Barrett Browning's fast, fine and excitedly vigorous and agile imaginative intelligence is Shakespearean, both in its power and in the creative drive and dynamic to which it gives rise. Billington contends that for Barrett Browning, as for Shakespeare, writing was demonstrably a creative event not a second-order record of experience, revealing that Barrett Browning's characteristic habits of composition, and her creative procedure, resemble in significant ways that of Shakespeare. A fascinating study of both writers' analogous creative dispositions, minds and modes.

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Josie Billington teaches in the School of English, University of Liverpool, UK.

Table of Contents

Abbreviationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Poet at Workp. 12
Transitions, Blanks and In-Betweensp. 12
Discipline and Improvisationp. 23
The Sonnetp. 34
Sonnets from the Portuguesep. 54
A Drama of Becomingp. 54
A New Tradition?p. 62
A Place to Stand and Love Inp. 68
Aurora Leighp. 84
The Blank Verse Adventurep. 85
Great Freedom within Great Orderp. 87
'This is Living Art'p. 93
'Pauses Frequent to Brokenness'p. 98
Aurora and Hamletp. 105
Aurora Leigh as a 'problem play'p. 111
Conclusionp. 125
Bibliographyp. 130
Indexp. 138
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