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1st Edition

By Scott Brewster


168 pages

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The term ‘lyric’ has evolved, been revised, redefined and contested over the centuries. In this fascinating introduction, Scott Brewster:

  • traces the history of the term from its classical origins through the early modern, Romantic and Victorian periods and up to the twenty-first century
  • demonstrates the influence of lyric on poetic practice, literature, music and other popular cultural forms
  • uses three aspects -- the lyric ‘self’, love and desire and the relationship between lyric, poetry and performance -- as focal points for further discussion
  • not only charts the history of lyric theory and practice but re-examines assumptions about the lyric form in the context of recent theoretical accounts of poetic discourse.

Offering clarity and structure to this often intense and emotive field, Lyric offers essential insights for students of literature, performance, music and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Origins and Definitions 3. Lyric and the Art of Persuasion 4. ‘I wandered lonely’: the lyric self, Romanticism and beyond 5. Love, loss and the beyond: lyrics of desire 6. Lyric, music and performance Bibliography

About the Author/Editor

Scott Brewster is Director of English at University of Salford. He has published widely on modern poetry, Irish writing, Gothic and psychoanalysis. His co-edited essay collection, Irish Literature Since 1990, is forthcoming.

About the Series

The New Critical Idiom

The New Critical Idiom is an invaluable series of introductory guides designed to meet the needs of today's students grappling with the complexities of modern critical terminology. Each book in the series provides:

  • A clear, explanatory guide to the use (and abuse) of the term
  • An original and distinctive overview by a leading literary and cultural critic
  • Helpful definitions of the boundaries between the literary and non-literary
  • Basic guidance for the introductory reader in how the term relates to the larger field of cultural representation

With a strong emphasis on clarity, lively debate and the widest possible breadth of examples, The New Critical Idiom is an indispensable guide to key topics in literary studies.

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