This raising then dropping of key theoretical points makes reading masculinity in four victorian epics a frustrating experience while it is the work of an astute close reader of victorian texts it is often unclear what is at stake in the close readings. In reviving interest in the cohesive impulses of victorian poetry and in the study of what is essential about us rather than culturally constructed this book makes an important contribution to victorian literary studies bibliography machann clinton the masculinity in four victorian epics a darwinist reading ashgate 2010 172pp. Offering provocative readings of tennysons idylls of the king barrett brownings aurora leigh cloughs amours de voyage and brownings the ring and the book clinton machann brings to bear the ideas and methods of literary darwinism to shed light on the central issue of masculinity in the victorian epic. The importance of the victorian long poem as a literary genre is reviewed in the introduction followed by transformative close readings of the poems that engage with questions of gender particularly representations of masculinity and the prevalence of male violence. Are you sure you want to remove masculinity in four victorian epics from your list
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