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Ran across a review of A Victorian Muse by Julia Straub, which is summarized thusly:

This title offers new research into cultural afterlife of Dante in nineteenth-century literature, culture and the visual arts. The figure of Dante's Beatrice can be seen as a cultural phenomenon or myth during the nineteenth century, inspiring a wide variety of representations in literature and the visual arts. This study looks at the cultural afterlife of Beatrice in the Victorian period in remarkably different contexts. Focusing on literary representations and selected examples from the visual arts, this book examines works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Christina Rossetti, George Eliot, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Walter Pater as well as by John Ruskin, Maria Rossetti and Arthur Henry Hallam. Julia Straub's analysis shows how the various representations of Beatrice in literature and in the visual arts reflect in meaningful ways some of the central social and aesthetic concerns of the Victorian period, most importantly its discourse on gender. This study offers fascinating insights into the Victorian reception of Dante by exploring the powerful appeal of his muse.


I would love to to say "must own", but it is, perforce, a razzmfrazzm academic-press hardback, and therefore comes with a $120 pricetag. And, um, no. (Of all the things I don't miss even a teeny bit about college, textbook sticker shock is definitely high on the list.) And of course the library website has picked this afternoon to go down. *pout*

I suspect I'll have to go inter-library to get my hands on it in any case, and I've never investigated whether the website even does that, or if I'll have to go over or call a human.

Mind you, this is also reminding me that I really must get round to buying Rossetti's Vita Nuova translation, partly because the one I have is DULLER THAN LINT and I've never been able to get through the bloody thing. (He skipped the prose commentaries, but I suspect I probably will too anyway. Perk of being a would-be dramatist and not an academic. *eg*)

In unrelated news, I just lost an earring back inside my keyboard. Because I am Just That Talented. *facepalm*


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Jun. 6th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest looking for used copies of that book, but I see they're almost as expensive as the new.

Earring backs. I keep losing them, too. Last weekend I felt one come off, and despaired of it -- and found it later on in my purse. Better luck than I deserve.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, I went "Hey, no fair!" about that, until I saw it was only published nine months ago. It'll be a while before it comes down, methinks.

This is when I miss the Half Price Books on Lane Avenue, with the whole academic-press section. We finally have some stores in Chicagoland, but that's the only one I've ever seen with that section, no doubt because it's right by OSU.
Jun. 7th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Thanks! It'll save me some looking when I can get to the server again. :-)
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm confused. That page says to fill in the information if you want to suggest the library buy it.

So I figured it wasn't what I wanted and clicked through links to the ILL instructions... which take you to that page.

Now, I really doubt GBPL is going to spend $120 for this book. And I can't search for it through LINKin because the database doesn't think it exists. Honestly, since it's a textbook that's been out all of nine months, I'm not holding my breath that even any university libraries will have it, but that was what I was going to try.

So, if I fill out the request form, will it be handled as an ILL request, even though that's not what it says on the page? (And if so, whom do I write to suggest that the instructions on the page be clarified?)

Maybe I'll just come over there later anyway...
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
All requests are considered for purchase. Those that we decide not to get are routed to ILL. (Once in a rare while, someone will specify that we shouldn't purchase. If you want, you can put a note in Additional Information.)
Jun. 8th, 2010 02:25 pm (UTC)
Ah! All is clear now. Thanks!
Jun. 7th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
The review summary suffers from egregious repetitiveness. It's not in any way connected to the actual book, is it? Because the actual book sounds very interesting indeed! Please report back when your library has supplied. :-)

As to earring backs: heh. :-) When people learn that I wear clip earrings, they always ask, don't I lose them? don't they fall off? aren't they awkward? No, not a bit more (nor less) than pierced ones. :-)
Jun. 7th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I expect it's the publisher's blurb. If the book itself ends up being egregiously repetitive, I'll feel sorry for the students who actually have to read it through, and simply use it as a reference. :-) Heaven knows that's true of enough academic texts I already own!

My maternal grandmother (who bequeathed much of my stash of costume jewelry) didn't have pierced ears, and I have quite the stash of her clips. I've converted a few to posts for my own wearing, but that's because I can't wear clips for long before the pinching actually hurts more than having holes punched in my earlobes did!

Given that, and knowing my grandma's experience, I'm not at all surprised that they're no less secure than mine. They hang on for dear life!
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