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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the nineteenth-century Victorian poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti, with links to reliable introductory material and signed, peer-reviewed, and scholarly literary criticism.


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Introduction

"Dante Gabriel Rossetti." An encyclopedia-type article on Dante Gabriel Rossetti, (unsigned but from a reliable publisher, professionally researched and edited) with text for some of his most famous poems. The Poetry Foundation.

"Dante Gabriel Rossetti." A section on D.G. Rossetti covers his themes, techniques, and biography. Victorian Web, ed. Prof. George P. Landow.

Literary Criticism

Bentley, D.M.R. "Political Themes in the Work of Dante Gabriel Rossetti." Victorian Poetry 17, 3 (Autumn, 1979), pp. 159-179 [jstor].

Danahay, Martin A. "Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Virtual Bodies." Victorian Poetry 36, 4 (Winter, 1998), pp. 379-398 [jstor].

Fontana, Ernest. "Pre-facing simile vehicles in Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sonnets." Style Winter 2005 [questia subscription service].

Hassett, Constance W. "Elizabeth Siddal's Poetry: A Problem and Some Suggestions." Victorian Poetry 35, 4 (Winter 1997) pp 443-70 [jstor].

Beata Beatrix

Elizabeth Siddal as the model for Rossetti's Beata Beatrix

Johnson, Roanld W. Dante Rossetti's Beata Beatrix and the New Life." Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, and "the theme of the beautiful woman."Art Bulletin 57, 4 (Dec., 1975), pp. 548-558 [jstor].

Maxwell, Catherine. "'Devious Symbols': Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Purgatorio." On "The Woodspurge." Victorian Poetry 31, 1 (Spring 1993) pp 19, 40 [jstor].

Weatherby, Harold L. "Problems of Form and Content in the Poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti." Victorian Poetry 32, 1 (Winter, 1964), pp. 11-19 [jstor].


"The Rossettis, William Morris, Swinburne, and Others." Quite old literary criticism, from The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-21).

Rossetti, W.M. "Dante Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal" (1903). At The Dante Gabriel Rossetti Archive.


The Pre-Raphaelites

"Pre-Raphaelites." A series of articles devoted to the Pre-Raphaelites from The Victorian Web, an outstanding web site devoted to Victorian literature. The site was developed by Professor George Landow of Brown University, a scholarly pioneer of the internet.

"The Pre-Raphaelites." A clear and accurate introduction to the visual art of the Pre-Raphaelites, their supporters and social context, their subsequent shift of focus to an aesthetic of beauty for its own sake, and ultimately to the Arts and Crafts movement of the mid-1880s. From the Metropolitan Museum.

The Rossetti Archive. An important and long-standing internet project on Dante Gabriel Rossetti's paintings and poetry. The archive was developed under the direction of Professor Jerome McGann at the University at Virginia.

The Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies, edited by David Latham, York University, Toronto. The web site for a journal that covers Pre-Raphaelite, aesthetic, and decadent art, culture, and literature, includes access to its extensive archive of articles (first page of articles only).

"The Pre-Raphaelite Critic." An extensive list of magazine and newspaper articles dealing with Pre-Raphaelite literature and art from 1846-1900, with links to the etexts.


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