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- DescriptionArthur O'Shaughnessy's career as a natural historian in the British Museum, and his consequent preoccupation with the role of work in his life, provides the context with which to reexamine his contributions to Victorian poetry. O'Shaughnessy's engagement with aestheticism, socialism, and Darwinian theory can be traced to his career as a Junior Assistant at the British Museum, and his perception of the burden of having to earn a living outside of art. Making use of extensive archival research, Jordan Kistler demonstrates that far from being merely a mir poet, O'Shaughnessy was at the forefront of later Victorian avant-garde poetry. Her analyses of published and unpublished writings, including correspondence, poetic manuscripts, and scientific tebooks, demonstrate O'Shaughnessy's importance to the cultural milieu of the 1870s, particularly his contributions to English aestheticism, his role in the importation of decadence from France, and his unique position within contemporary debates on science and literature.
- Author BiographyJordan Kistler is a Teaching Fellow in Victorian Literature at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her work focuses on the often-overlooked Pre-Raphaelite poets of the 1870s.
- Author(s)Dr. Jordan Kistler
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication24/02/2016
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleAmong the Victorians and Modernists
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Weight544 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Series Edited byDennis Denisoff
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