Arthur Hugh Clough

BookArthur Hugh Clough

Arthur Hugh Clough

Writers and Their Work

2005

October 1st, 2005

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Swinburne called him a bad poet, Tennyson called him dull, Saintsbury called him thin. John Schad celebrates Clough the anti-poet, a loving laureate of the extraordinary dull, who is so thin we can see through, or beyond him. Clough, argues Schad, never gets in the way of the world, or worlds, of which he writes. And these worlds are many: ranging from the orthodox world of the Anglican Oxford that Clough famously abandons, through the turbulent worlds of Paris and Rome that Clough visits in the wake of the revolutionary events of 1848, to the quietly desperate world of Clough’s final years. For Schad, though, Clough’s defining world is the very strange world of continental thought, a world which makes him a most un-Victorian Victorian.

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John Schad is Professor of Modern Literature at Loughborough University. He is author of Queer Fish: Christian Unreason from Darwin to Derrida, Victorians In Theory and The Reader in the Dickensian Mirrors; editor of Writing the Bodies of Christ, Thomas Hardy’s A Laodicean and Dickens Refigured; and co-editor of life.after.theory. Professor Schad is currently writing an experimental book called Derrida via Oxford: Barely a Life.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents8
Acknowledgements9
Biographical Outline10
Note on the Text 12
Introduction - A Thin Poet 16
1 In the Street: The Thought of God 20
Fast20
Out25
Not32
Ex39
2 A Man Killed: The Thought of History48
What48
Train57
Wait62
Look70
3 Hang Thinking: The Thought of Death 78
Through78
Where84
Dig92
Notes100
Select Bibliography114
Index 118