The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism


Reception of The Lyric Poem and Aestheticism: Forms of Modernity: ‘This is a brilliantly conceived book, showing how Aestheticist lyrics, despite their frequent use of antiquated forms, actively engage with the concerns of modernity. In arguing that the rhetorical strategies adopted by these poems are not proto-Modernist but rather “post-Victorian” — self-consciously playing on earlier works, in the manner of postmodernism — Thain offers truly fresh insight, not only into this particular corpus of fin-de-siècle literature but into the possibilities of the lyric genre itself.’ (Prof. Erik Gray, Columbia University)


Single-Author Monographs

Multi-Author Projects

  • The Lyric Poem: Formations and Transformations (Cambridge University Press, 2013; issued in paperback, 2016).
  • Distracted Reading: Acts of Attention in the Age of the Internet, a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly. Forthcoming, 2018.
  • Fin-de-Siècle Literary Culture and Women Poets, a special edition of Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture 34.2 (2006). 300 pages.

Scholarly Editions:

  • Michael Field, The Poet (1880-1914): Published and Manuscript Materials (Broadview Press, 2009). 400 pages. Arts and Humanities Research Council funded; and nominated for Modern Language Association 2011 Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition.
  • Poetry of the 1890s (Penguin, 1998; Second Edition).

Essays and Articles:

  • ‘Digitizing the Diary: Experiments in Queer Encoding’, Journal of Victorian Culture 2016 (a ‘Perspective’ piece: ‘The Perspective invites leading scholars to appraise the critical practices and traditions of Victorian studies’)
  • ‘What Kind of a Critical Category is “Women’ s Poetry”?’ (2003), reprinted in Nineteenth Century Poetry: Criticism and Debates, ed. Emma Mason and Jonathan Herapath (Routledge, 2016).
  • ‘Lyric’,  in The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, ed. Dino F. Felluga, Pamela K. Gilbert, and Linda K. Hughes (Blackwell, 2015).
  • ‘Textual Artifacts and their Digital Representations’, Digital Humanities Quarterly Vol. 9.1 (2015), n.p. (refereed online journal).
  • Affective Form: Hardy’s Sculptural Aesthetic’ The Thomas Hardy Journal Vol. 30 (Autumn 2014), pp. 66-82 (ISSN: 0268-5418)
  • ‘Decadent Forms: Parnassus in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction’, in Decadent Poetics, ed. Jason Hall and Alex Murray (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • ‘Thomas Hardy’s Poetics of Touch’, Victorian Poetry 51.2 (2013). pp. 129-45.
  • ‘Desire Lines: Swinburne and Lyric Crisis’, in Algernon Charles Swinburne: Unofficial Laureate, ed. Catherine Maxwell and Stefano Evangelista (Manchester University Press, 2012).
  • ‘Editing Michael Field’, in Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle: Authors of Change, ed. Adrienne E. Gavin and Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton (Houndmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).
  • ‘The Beehive’, Victorian Review 36.2 (2010), pp. 23- 27.
  • ‘Poetry’, in The Cambridge Companion to the Fin de Siècle, ed. Gail Marshall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 223-240.
  • ‘Modernist Homage to the fin de siècle’, The Yearbook of English Studies 37.1 (2007), pp. 22-40.
  • ‘Apian Aestheticism: Michael Field and the Economics of the Aesthetic’, in Michael Field and Their World, ed. Margaret Stetz and Cheryl Wilson (Rivendale Press: 2007), pp. 222-236.
  • ‘Fin-de-Siècle Renaissance: Diversity, History, Modernity’, by Marion Thain and Ana Parejo Vadillo, Journal of Victorian Literature and Culture 34.2 (2006), pp. 389-403.
  • ‘”Damnable Aestheticism” and the Turn to Rome: John Gray, Michael Field, and a Poetics of Conversion’, in The fin-de-siècle Poem, ed. Joseph Bristow (Ohio: Ohio University press, 2005), pp. 311-336.
  • ‘The Hermeneutic and the Aesthetic: Beyond New Historicism’, editorial for Literature Compass (Blackwell) 2005.
  • ‘What Kind of a Critical Category is “Women’s Poetry”?’, Victorian Poetry 41.4 (Winter, 2003), pp. 575-584.
  • ‘The British Library Manuscripts of Michael Field’ (Adam Matthew, 2003); an essay on the nature of Michael Field’s life -writing, contained within the guide to Michael Field and Fin-de-Siècle Culture and Society (see ‘Editorial Work’ below).
  • ‘”Scientific Wooing”: Constance Naden’s Marriage of Science and Poetry’, Victorian Poetry 41:1 (2003), pp. 151-169.
  • ‘Constance Naden’, in Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers (Thoemmes, 2002).
  • ‘May Kendall’, in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century British Women Poets, ed. William B. Thesing, Volume 240 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2001), pp. 118-123.
  • ‘An “Uncomfortable Intersection”: The Meeting of Contemporary Urban and Rural Environments in the Poetry of Simon Armitage’, Worldviews 5 (2001), pp. 58-79.
  • ‘Michael Field’ and Poetic Identity (London: The Eighteen Nineties Society, 2000; hardbound and paperback). Short monograph: 50 pages.
  • ‘May Probyn’ in Victorian Women Poets, ed. William B. Thesing, Volume 199 of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1998), pp. 243-252.
  • ‘”Love’s Mirror”: Constance Naden and Reflections on a Feminist Poetics’,  English Literature in Transition 41:1 (1998), pp. 25-41.

Editorial Work: