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Beyond Compare: Nineteenth Century Poets and the Stigmatization of Genre

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dc.contributor.advisor Munich, Adrienne en_US
dc.contributor.author Hershman, Elizabeth Julia en_US
dc.contributor.other Department of English en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-20T16:52:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-20T16:52:54Z
dc.date.issued 2015-12-01 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11401/77559 en_US
dc.description 297 pgs en_US
dc.description.abstract What is ' a classic' ? The OED defines it as: ' A writer, or a literary work, of the first rank and of acknowledged excellence' . Significantly the etymology also links it with another English noun: ' class' . This suggests that the idea of literary worth conveyed by ' classic' , and the idea of categorization implied by ' class' are deeply intertwined. Starting in what is usually referred to as the Romantic Period, many writers seemed eager to reject such labels altogether. I believe that this is because, around the turn of the nineteenth century, genre itself acquired a kind of stigma, which continued to be felt keenly throughout Victorian period -consciously literary writers, such as Keats and Tennyson, seemed particularly sensitive to this stigma, and both poets apparently took pains to evade overt classification in their work. By examining the various strategies that two these influential poets adopted for avoiding established definitions throughout their careers, I hope, not only to show their own growing suspicion towards fixed labels, but also to make a case that this trend in their writing reflects a more widespread change in attitude towards genre; a change which not only colored the work of many nineteenth century writers, but can be seen even today, in our ideas about what is worth reading and studying. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This work is sponsored by the Stony Brook University Graduate School in compliance with the requirements for completion of degree. en_US
dc.format Monograph en_US
dc.format.medium Electronic Resource en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher The Graduate School, Stony Brook University: Stony Brook, NY. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Literature en_US
dc.subject.other Genre, Keats, Tennyson en_US
dc.title Beyond Compare: Nineteenth Century Poets and the Stigmatization of Genre en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.mimetype Application/PDF en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Manning, Peter en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Ramachandran, Ayesha en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Sharpe, William en_US

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