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The Victorian Poet and His Readers: The Strange Case of Tennyson’s «The Princess»


Magdalena Pypeć

The author follows the interpretative pursuits of nineteenth-century readers and analyses Tennyson’s The Princess through the prism of their critical ideas. She analyses Tennyson’s reconsideration of gender binaries and women’s rights as well as the poem’s reliance on the aesthetics of the grotesque and its metapoetic games. The book rests on the premise that literature cannot be studied in isolation from its immediate socio-historical context. As such, poetry becomes an outcome of social and cultural negotiations, moving «in a strange diagonal» between the author and his public.
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I owe a particular debt of gratitude to prof. Grażyna Bystydzieńska and prof. Emma Harris for their support, wise counsel and unwavering encouragement during the writing of this book. A big thanks goes to Dorota Traczewska for her publishing expertise, which she has always been willing to share. Finally, I thank Józefina, Michał and Mariusz for their continued sustaining presence.

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