Complicating Swinburne's heroines

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Show simple item record Malmberg, Chris 2018-05-29T23:53:49Z 2018-05-29T23:53:49Z 2012-05
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract The temporary resurgence in Swinburne's popularity in the late sixties and early seventies manifested itself predominantly as explorations into what forms the poet's peculiar sexuality and painful romantic history took in his work. This thesis turns the focus of Swinburnian criticism to his texts, specifically to the heroines in two of his works whom I believe have gone largely underappreciated: Atalanta of Atalanta in Calydon, and Chthonic of Erechtheus. First, this thesis shifts focus from Swinburne's biography to the heroines' mythical Greek constructions, while at the same time complicating that classical context by presenting evidence that Swinburne, though he revered classical Greece, was not attempting to mimic the traditional Greek style. Then, this thesis explores Erechtheus and Atalanta in Calydon individually in order to show how the heroines of each piece exhibit significantly more agency over, and responsibility for, the course of events surrounding them than has previously been appreciated. In positions of power over the courses of events in which they are involved, their seeming dispassion is more generative when it is viewed as resolve, indicative of consciousness and feeling underneath a visage that has accepted what must be, and refuses to suffer for what cannot be. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Introduction -- 1. Victorian allowances made for the classically aberrant woman -- 2. The heroines of Atalanta in Calydon and Erechtheus -- Conclusion -- Literature cited. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Swinburne, Algernon Charles en_US
dc.subject 1837-1909 en_US
dc.subject Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject Heroines in literature en_US
dc.title Complicating Swinburne's heroines en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US ma en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of English en_US

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