Men and Women Additional Summary

Robert Browning


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Browning, Robert. Robert Browning’s Poetry: Authoritative Texts, Criticism. Selected and edited by James F. Loucks and Andrew M. Stauffer. 2d ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2007. In addition to a selection of Browning’s poetry, this volume contains essays about his work written by nineteenth and twentieth century poets, writers, and critics. Includes novelist George Eliot’s piece about Men and Women.

Erickson, Lee. “The Self and Others in Browning’s Men and Women.” Victorian Poetry 21, no. 1 (Spring, 1983): 43-64. Browning exemplified Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s pattern for romantic art, creating monologists who gained true self-consciousness by interacting with another; frequently, this other is God.

Haigwood, Laura E. “Gender-to-Gender Anxiety and Influence in Robert Browning’s Men and Women.” Browning Institute Studies: An Annual Review of Victorian Literary and Cultural History 14 (1986): 97-118. To break ten years of silence and to write in a new style, Browning needed to distance himself from his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who was a more successful and more popular poet. Suggests that Browning may have respected her editorial judgment too highly.

Hawlin, Stefan. The Complete Critical Guide to Robert Browning. New York: Routledge, 2002. This student sourcebook contains information about Browning’s life and times, as well as discussion and criticism of his work. Devotes a chapter to Men and Women and Dramatis Personae, focusing on the poems about art, religion, and love.

Jack, Ian. Browning’s Major Poetry. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1973. One of the best introductions to Browning’s poetry. Chapter 12 deals with the final collection of Men and Women.

Kennedy, Richard S., and Donald S. Hair. The Dramatic Imagination of Robert Browning: A Literary Life. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007. A literary biography, recounting the events of Browning’s life and placing his life within the context of its times. Offers critical commentary on his poetry. Men and Women is discussed in chapter 25.

Willy, Margaret. A Critical Commentary on Browning’s “Men and Women.” New York: Macmillan, 1968. An excellent introduction to Men and Women. Defines the dramatic monologue, summarizes Browning’s philosophy and style, describes his modernity, and offers analyses of various poems.

Woolford, John. Robert Browning. Tavistock, England: Northcote House/British Council, 2007. In his time, Browning was called a grotesque poet. Woolford examines the meaning of this term and how it defines Browning’s poetry.