Resources and Lineage: Meredith’s “Modern Love”

  • Jane Hedley


George Meredith used a lyric sequence to track the breakdown of a marriage along three key dimensions, each of which became crucial to the marriage sequence going forward: the shapes that time assumes within a marriage; the construction of identity through complex interactions between thought and speech, soliloquy, and conversation; and the involvement of third parties whose presence “triangulates” the marital dialogue. “Modern Love” was precedent-setting on all three dimensions: by taking a longer view of each in turn, this chapter establishes the self-conscious modernity of Meredith’s sequence.


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  • Jane Hedley
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  1. 1.Bryn Mawr CollegeBryn MawrUSA

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