Note 3, chapter 2, in to the author's Swinburne's Medievalism: A Study in Victorian Love Poetry which Louisiana State University Press published in 1979. It has been included in the Victorian web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.
See especially Hayden White, Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe (Baltimore, 1973 ), passim; and, in White's Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism (Baltimore, 1978), the two essays "The Historical Text as Literary Artifact" (5-80) and "Historicism, History, and the Figurative Imagination" (101-20). Also important in this context are E. D. Hirsch's Validity in Interpretation (New Haven, 1967) and Karl Lowith's Meaning in History (Chicago, 1949). Valuable in demonstrating where Tennyson overlaps and diverges from Swinburne's philosophy of history is Kozicki, Tennyson and Clio.
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