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The Lyric Theory Reader

A Critical Anthology

edited by Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins

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Reading lyric poetry over the past century.

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\u2026

Reading lyric poetry over the past century.

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.

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Virginia Jackson and Yopie Prins have done tremendous service to poetics in the nuanced and comprehensive work of constellation and accompanying commentary—providing a model of editorial lucidity, a library in a box, and a ceaselessly generative contradiction which is in the end perhaps itself the strongest argument for the lyric’s eccentric centrality.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
General Introduction
Part I. How Does Lyric Become a Genre?
Section 1. Genre Theory
Section 2. Models of Lyric
Part I. Twentieth-Century Lyric Readers
Section 3. Anglo- American New

Acknowledgments
General Introduction
Part I. How Does Lyric Become a Genre?
Section 1. Genre Theory
Section 2. Models of Lyric
Part I. Twentieth-Century Lyric Readers
Section 3. Anglo- American New Criticism
Section 4. Structuralist Reading
Section 5. Post- Structuralist Reading
Section 6. Frankfurt School and After
Section 7. Phenomenologies of Lyric Reading
Part III. Lyric Departures
Section 8. Avant- garde Anti-lyricism
Section 9. Lyric and Sexual Difference
Section 10. Comparative Lyric
Contributors
Source Acknowledgments
Index of Authors and Works

Author Bios
Virginia Jackson
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Virginia Jackson

Virginia Jackson is the UCI Endowed Chair in Rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading.
Yopie Prins
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Yopie Prins

Yopie Prins is a professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Michigan and author of Victorian Sappho.