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Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts

Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris

Elizabeth K. Helsinger

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Yale University Press
15 July 2008
Art & design styles: Pre-Raphaelite art; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ; Literary studies: poetry & poets
Focusing on two of the most influential figures in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris, this book explores new ways of considering art and literature together. Elizabeth Helsinger traces the unusually close relationship between the poetry and poetics of two poet-artists and their contemporary practice of visual art and design. Her study focuses on innovations encouraged by the interaction between the arts to reassess the importance of Pre-Raphaelitism in literary as well as art history. Using the concept of ?translation? from one medium to another, Helsinger develops compelling analyses of particular works and of the shared concerns of Rossetti and Morris. She connects their aesthetic and social experiments to projects undertaken by others, and she demonstrates the impact of Pre-Raphaelite strategies on later poets and poetic theorists. Lively and illuminating, this book both offers and studies the pleasures of reading and viewing attentively.

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By:   Elizabeth K. Helsinger
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   652g
ISBN:   9780300122732
ISBN 10:   030012273X
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   15 July 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth K. Helsinger is John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of English and Art History, and the College, University of Chicago. She is the author of several previous books, including Ruskin and the Art of the Beholder and Rural Scenes and National Representation: Britain 1815-1850. She lives in Chicago.

Reviews for Poetry and the Pre-Raphaelite Arts: Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris

Helsinger''s distinguished career has been pointing towards this book for a long time. Now, thank Somebody, we have it--a splendid exploration of ''aesthetic consciousness as a distinctive form of knowing, '' and of the pivotal contribution Rossetti and Morris made to the dance of intellect. --Jerome McGann, University of Virginia--Jerome McGann


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