Ida's Search for Feminity

James R. Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern California


Note 6 to Chapter 4 of the author's Tennyson's Major Poems, which Yale University Press published in 1975. It has been included in the Victorian Web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright.

Alan Danzig, p. 86, claims Ida can find femininity only when she "abandons system and acts intuitively." It is true that system and intuition are opposed, but I think her acceptance of intuitive action is neither so clear-cut nor such an obvious good as Danzig makes out.


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