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Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Aurora Leigh'

A Reading Guide

Michele C Martinez

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Introduces new readers and students to a celebrated and controversial Victorian novel-poem

Michele C. Martinez guides readers through the poem's major themes and literary and social contexts, introducing a range of interpretive frameworks. Long extracts from the poem are accompanied by helpful explanatory commentary. The text's composition history, major influences and modes of poetic expression are also discussed. The teaching and bibliographic chapters offer supplementary materials including print and internet resources.

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List of Illustrations
Chapter 1. Mapping and Making the Long Poem: Aurora Leigh in Its Biographical and Literary Contexts
Chapter 2. Interpreting Aurora Leigh: Text, Commentary, Analysis
i. Poetic Vision
ii. Love and Poetry
iii. Epistolary Fiction
iv. Epic and Society
v. Motherhood and Sexual Transgression
vi. Poetry and Prophecy
Chapter 3. Contexts for Reading Aurora Leigh
Chapter 4. Teaching Aurora Leigh
Chapter 5. Print and Internet Resources
Appendix: Aurora Leigh at a Glance

About the Author

Michele Martinez was born in London, England, and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley. She holds an A.B. from Stanford University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. She has taught in the English departments of Trinity College (Hartford) and Harvard University and in the History and Literature program at Harvard. She is currently a Preceptor in the Harvard College Writing Program. Her publications and current research interests focus on intersections between nineteenth-century poetry, criticism, and the visual arts.

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