Abandoned Women and Poetic Tradition

Abandoned Women and Poetic Tradition

by Lawrence Lipking, Catherine R. Stimpson
     
 


At the heart of poetic tradition is a figure of abandonment, a woman forsaken and out of control. She appears in writings ancient and modern, in the East and the West, in high art and popular culture produced by women and by men. What accounts for her perennial fascination? What is her function—in poems and for writers? Lawrence Lipking…  See more details below

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At the heart of poetic tradition is a figure of abandonment, a woman forsaken and out of control. She appears in writings ancient and modern, in the East and the West, in high art and popular culture produced by women and by men. What accounts for her perennial fascination? What is her function—in poems and for writers? Lawrence Lipking suggests many possibilities. In this figure he finds a partial record of women's experience, an instrument for the expression of religious love and yearning, a voice for psychological fears, and, finally, a model for the poet. Abandoned women inspire new ways of reading poems and poetic tradition.

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Lipking (humanities, Northwestern U.) develops the notion of the abandoned woman as a poetic form. He reconsiders many major authors from Sappho and Ovid to Dickinson and T.S. Eliot, and discusses lesser-known writers whose work acts as a voice within and against tradition. Compares the ways that men have imagined women and women have imagined themselves. In conclusion he proposes an unconventional poetics that speaks to the experiences of both sexes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226484549
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
327
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Lawrence Lipking, the Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities at Northwestern University, is an editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and author of The Ordering of the Arts in Eighteenth-Century England and The Life of the Poet, which is published by the University of Chicago Press.

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