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About this Lecture
When Maud was first published, its full title was ‘Maud; A Monodrama’. In this module, we consider the concept of ‘monodrama’ —what does this term mean, and does it affect the way we read the poem?
In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Tennyson’s ‘Maud’ (1855), a narrative poem about man’s relationship with a sixteen-year old girl called Maud. As we move through the course, we think about the concepts of ‘monodrama’ and ‘speculation’ in the poem, the characterisation of Maud herself, the use of repetition in the poem, the ending of the poem, and the poems that were published alongside ‘Maud’ in the original 1855 collection, ‘Maud and Other Poems’.
Seamus' interests are principally in the field of English Romantic poetry and thought, especially Coleridge and Wordsworth, and in post-Romantic English poetry, especially Tennyson, Eliot, Auden, Larkin, and their circles. He also has an interest in the modern history of criticism, reflected in articles on A.C. Bradley, William Empson, F.W. Bateson, and M.H. Abrams. He is co-editor, with Christopher Ricks, of the journal Essays in Criticism: A Quarterly Journal of Literary Criticism (OUP), and the general editor of the new series, 21st-Century Oxford Authors (OUP). He often reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, and the Literary Review. He is also Fellow Librarian of Balliol.
Cite this Lecture
Perry, S. (2018, August 15). Tennyson: Maud - Monodrama [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/tennyson-maud/monodrama
Perry, Seamus. "Tennyson: Maud – Monodrama." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://massolit.io/courses/tennyson-maud/monodrama