Readership: Students and scholars of Victorian literature; students and scholars of the history of psychology.
Gregory Tate, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Surrey
Gregory Tate was born in Kingston upon Thames in 1983. He studied English literature as an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield, where he first developed his passion for Victorian poetry. After finishing his BA degree, and after a year working in a bank, he studied for a masters degree in Victorian literature, and then a doctorate, at Linacre College, Oxford. He is now a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Surrey, and his research focuses on the inter-relations between literature and science in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
"This deft monograph studies with care the careful study that major Victorian poets made of the thinking, feeling mind, in relation to both the brain it increasingly seemed made from and the soul it increasingly seemed to supplant." - Herbert F. Tucker, Journal of Victorian Culture
"Tate's volume constitutes an important development in the study of Victorian literature and psychology." - Anne Stiles, Review of English Studies
"[a] lucidly argued study ... a very readable and timely reminder that Victorian poets' engagement with contemporary science went well beyond that staple of undergraduate courses, evolutionary theory." - Britta Martens, Times Higher Education
well-written study ... Recommended." - T. Hoagwood, Choice
"It is a tribute to Tate's study, and a marker of the influence it will have on the field, that it leads its readers beyond its own bounds to consider how far its ideas and approaches could be applied, and how its findings would be refracted, in the poems of other writers of the period." - John Holmes, Tennyson Research Bulletin
"this work elegantly explores the intersection of nineteenth-century poetics and psychology." - Lindsy Lawrence, Victorian Periodicals
"Tate's book is a solid addition to the Oxford English Monographs series, and should appeal both to poetry scholars, and those with an interest in the broader influence of psychological thought.
Tate's study successfully demonstrates poets' struggle grappling with the materialist and spiritualist ideas of the human brain." - Amy Milne-Smith, Journal of the History of Behaviorial Sciences
1: Tennyson, Browning, and the Poetry of Reflection
2: Clough, Arnold, and the Dialogue of the Mind
3: Tennyson's Unquiet Brain
4: George Eliot's Twofold Mind
5: Browning's Epic Psychology