Aestheticism & Decadence reading: Rossetti

November 20, 2009 at 4:48 pm (Uncategorized)

Dear Aesthetes,

I will bring excerpts from Hollander’s criticism to class, so you don’t need to hunt him up for yourselves (unless you’re interested, and do go ahead if so – the books I will be talking about are Vision and Resonance: two senses of poetic form and The Gazer’s Sprit: poems speaking to silent works of art.

DO look up the set Rossetti texts (paintings and poems) on The Rossetti Archive online. Texts are available from a list of subheadings at

If your interest is stimulated, have a look at a few more of the ‘Double Works’ (works that appear as both paintings and poems) under that particular subheading – we can talk about these in class also. I’m going to see if I can book us a room with technology for the second hour so we can work with the Archive during our discussion – so make a note of any works that particularly interest you, and we can look them up on the day.

All best, and get in touch if you have any questions,



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Aestheticism and Decadence reading Wk 7

November 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm (Uncategorized)

Dear All,

I look forward to meeting you this week and beginning our ‘Poetry and Painting’ segment of the Aestheticism course.

The Tennyson texts are easy to get hold of; there is an online copy of Arnold’s 1853 Preface at

Best wishes and see you on Thursday,


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Tonight! (Monday 9th Nov): George Eliot and the Classics

November 9, 2009 at 10:40 am (Uncategorized)

Tonight is the annual Dabis lecture at 6pm in the Windsor Auditorium Main Lecture Theatre. Dr Margaret Reynolds (QMW) will speak on ‘George Eliot and the Classics.’ Reynolds is always interesting, and good value, and admittance is free: why not go along? [AR]

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