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Second Sight: The Visionary Imagination in Late Victorian Literature

Catherine Maxwell


This study, which examines a range of canonical and less-well-known writers, is a reassessment of late Victorian literature in its relation to visionary Romanticism. It examines six late Victorian writers – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Walter Pater, Vernon Lee, Eugene Lee-Hamilton, Theodore Watts-Dunton and Thomas Hardy – to reveal their commitment to a Romantic visionary tradition that surfaces towards the end of the nineteenth century in response to the threat of a growing materialism. Offering detailed readings of both poetry and prose, the book shows the different ways in which late Victorian w ... More

Keywords: late Victorian literature, Romanticism, materialism, late Victorian writers, materiality, visionary, literary modernism, canonical writers, late nineteenth century, seen and unseen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719071447
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Maxwell, author