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Dramatic Monologue (The New Critical Idiom) [Paperback]

Glennis Byron
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24 July 2003 The New Critical Idiom

The dramatic monologue is traditionally associated with Victorian poets such as Robert Browning and Alfred Tennyson, and is generally considered to have disappeared with the onset of modernism in the twentieth century. Glennis Byron unravels its history and argues that, contrary to belief, the monologue remains popular to this day. This far-reaching and neatly structured volume:

* explores the origins of the monologue and presents a history of definitions of the term
* considers the monologue as a form of social critique
* explores issues at play in our understanding of the genre, such as subjectivity, gender and politics
* traces the development of the genre through to the present day.

Taking as example the increasingly politicized nature of contemporary poetry, the author clearly and succinctly presents an account of the monologue's growing popularity over the past twenty years.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (24 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415229375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415229371
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 811,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Routledge New Critical Idiom series offers some excellent overviews of significant terms and topics in contemporary theory."

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4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant but a little inaccessible 5 Sep 2007
Glennis Byron has produced a comprehensive and relevant tome which focuses on dramatic monologue as an art form and seeks to explore its foundations and limitations in as much depth as possible. Routledge have packaged the text in a way that renders it compact and attractive and it is appropriately priced for the average undergraduate.
Having said all that, I bought the text to aid me in my teaching of DM for OCR GCE English Language and Literature and was disappointed. The style is fairly dense and requires much time and perseverance; it is a text for 'dipping into' rather than reading and as such is of limited use for those seeking to grasp the concept of dramatic monologue and explore its many facets.
The text deserves four stars but would have achieved five if it had been structured in a more accessible way.
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