Rudy's New Book Electrifies Victorian Studies
Jason Rudy's new book, Electric Meters: Victorian Physiological Poetics, has been published by Ohio University Press.
Electric Meters offers a fresh look at the development of Victorian poetics from the 1830s through the 1870s. This innovative new study finds its roots amid the Romantic poetess tradition, and tracks the poetic forms of Tennyson, the "Spasmodic" poets, Browning, Hopkins, Swinburne, and others. Rudy draws parallels between the physiological nature of Victorian poetry and the increased scientific and cultural understanding of electricity and the rhythms of physiological mechanisms.
By linking formal poetic analysis with a cultural history of the science of electricty, Rudy argues that "[N]ineteenth-century poets looked to electricity as a model for overcoming boundaries, for communicating across the gaps between sound and sense, between emotion and thought, and -- perhaps -- between individuals and the modern world."
Joseph Bristow, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry, says that Electric Meters "opens our eyes to an undeniably significant development in English poetry that critics have largely ignored. This is a great achievement."
Read more about Electric Meters here.
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