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The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology


Yopie Prins (Editor) and Virginia Jackson (Editor)
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The Lyric Theory Reader collects major essays on the modern idea of lyric, made available here for the first time in one place. Representing a wide range of perspectives in Anglo-American literary criticism from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the collection as a whole documents the diversity and energy of ongoing critical conversations about lyric poetry.

Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins frame these conversations with a general introduction, bibliographies for further reading, and introductions to each of the anthology’s ten sections: genre theory, historical models of lyric, New Criticism, structuralist and post-structuralist reading, Frankfurt School approaches, phenomenologies of lyric reading, avant-garde anti-lyricism, lyric and sexual difference, and comparative lyric.

Designed for students, teachers, scholars, poets, and readers with a general interest in poetics, this book presents an intellectual history of the theory of lyric reading that has circulated both within and beyond the classroom, wherever poetry is taught, read, discussed, and debated today.

All recent publications by Yopie Prins

  • The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology

All publications by Yopie Prins

Ladies' Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy (Princeton, forthcoming); Victorian Sappho (Princeton, 1999); co-editor, The Lyric Theory Reader: A Critical Anthology (Johns Hopkins, 2014); co-editor, Dwelling in Possibility: Women Poets and Critics on Poetry (Cornell, 1997); co-editor and translator, The Defiant Muse: Dutch and Flemish Feminist Poems (Feminist Press, 1997). Book in progress: Voice Inverse: Meter and Music in Victorian Poetry.

Articles: " 'What is Historical Poetics?' " (MLQ 2016); "Metrical Discipline: Algernon Swinburne on 'The Flogging Block'" (in Algernon Charles Swinburne, Unofficial Laureate, 2013); "'Break, Break, Break' into Song'" (in Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth Century, 2011); "Classics for Victorians" (Victorian Studies, 2010); "Classical Reception and the Political" (Cultural Critique, 2010); "Historical Poetics, Dysprosody, and the Science of English Verse" (PMLA, 2008); "Robert Browning, Transported by Meter" (in The Traffic in Poems, 2007); "Lady's Greek (with the Accents)" (Victorian Literature and Culture, 2006); "Nineteenth-Century Homers and the Hexameter Mania" (in Nation, Language, and the Ethics of Translation, 2005); "Patmore's Law, Meynell's Rhythm" (in The Fin de Siecle Poem, 2005); "Virginia Woolf and the Naked Cry of Cassandra" (in Agamemnon in Performance, 2005); "Sappho Recomposed" (in The Figure of Music in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry, 2004); "Voice Inverse" (Victorian Poetry, 2004); "Victorian Meters" (in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry, 2000); "Greek Maenads, Victorian Spinsters" (in Victorian Sexual Dissidence, 1999); "Lyrical Studies" (with Virginia Jackson, Victorian Literature and Culture, 1999); "Personifying the Poetess" (in Women's Poetry 1830-1900: Gender and Genre, 1998); "Sappho's Afterlife in Translations" (in Re-Reading Sappho: Reception and Transmission, 1997); "Sappho Doubled: Michael Field" (Yale Journal of Criticism, 1995); "A Metaphorical Field: Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper" (Victorian Poetry, 1995); "Elizabeth Barrett, Robert Browning, and the Differance of Translation" (Victorian Poetry 1991); "Aeschylus' Furies and their Binding Song" (Arethusa, 1991); "Browning's Translation of Aeschylus' Agamemnon" (Victorian Poetry, 1989).   

Professor Prins is also involved in the following initiatives:

Translation at Michigan

Contexts for Classics

Nineteenth Century Forum

Nineteenth-Century Historical Poetics Group

Dept. of English Language and Literature

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