Anatomising the "Case": Shelley's The Cenci, Browning's The Ring and the Book, and the Origins of the Dramatic Monologue

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Title: Anatomising the "Case": Shelley's The Cenci, Browning's The Ring and the Book, and the Origins of the Dramatic Monologue
Authors: Fermanis, Porscha
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Date: 1-Dec-2013
Online since: 2020-07-06T12:38:25Z
Abstract: This chapter considers the ongoing influence of The Cenci on a range of Browning's work, from "My Last Duchess" to The Ring and the Book to "Cenciaja". The basis of its argument lies not only in Browning's lifelong interest in The Cenci, but also in the correspondences between the form and themes of Percy Bysshe Shelley play and Browning's monologues. Despite the obvious continuities in Browning's literary career, most critics are at pains to separate his dramas and early poems from his dramatic monologues. Several other critics have attempted to demonstrate why Browning abandoned the drama for the dramatic monologue. Armstrong has shown the extent to which Browning's early attempts at the dramatic form were influenced by the Monthly Repository circles' belief in its significance as a democratic genre that could best represent ideological conflict and moral complexity.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright (published version): 2012 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Dramatic poetryRomanticismIntertextuality
Subject LCSH: Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822
Browning, Robert, 1812-1889
DOI: 10.4324/9780203110096
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Casaliggi, C. and March-Russell, P. (eds.). Legacies of Romanticism: Literature, Culture, Aesthetics
ISBN: 9780203110096
Appears in Collections:English, Drama & Film Research Collection

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