Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination: The Devotional Poetry and Prose [NOOK Book]

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Dinah Roe challenges the persistent myth that religion dulled the edge of Christina Rossetti's creativity, arguing instead that religion sharpened her wits. She reveals how Rossetti's literary legacy has suffered from a misunderstanding of the nature, history, and sincerity of the poet's Christianity. Despite advances made by feminist critics in the rediscovery of Rossetti, the myth of the poet's 'overscrupulous' Christianity persists. The thoughtful, dynamic, and religious artist who lived and produced well into...
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Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination: The Devotional Poetry and Prose

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Overview

Dinah Roe challenges the persistent myth that religion dulled the edge of Christina Rossetti's creativity, arguing instead that religion sharpened her wits. She reveals how Rossetti's literary legacy has suffered from a misunderstanding of the nature, history, and sincerity of the poet's Christianity. Despite advances made by feminist critics in the rediscovery of Rossetti, the myth of the poet's 'overscrupulous' Christianity persists. The thoughtful, dynamic, and religious artist who lived and produced well into her sixties is in danger of being overlooked.

Rossetti assimilated various influences, from Tractarian writing to the poetry of Keats and Dante, to sustain her on a lifelong and exhilarating march 'Up-Hill'. In both prose and poetry, she invites the reader to engage with a sophisticated network of biblical allusion, in which Christian doctrine is re-thought and sometimes re-forged. Unless we take this invitation seriously, we will not take the true measure of Rossetti.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230800311
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/31/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 360 KB

Meet the Author

DINAH ROE is an independent scholar whose interests include the nineteenth-century novel, Victorian poetry, and the devotional prose works of Christina Rossetti. She is currently editing and introducing the forthcoming Penguin Classics edition of Christina Rossetti's Selected
Poems.

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Table of Contents


Abbreviations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
'Real Things Unseen': The Tractarian Influence     8
'Decayed Branches from a Strong Stem': Rossetti's Keatsian Heritage     30
Pre-Raphaelite and Romantic tensions in Rossetti's early poetry     30
Rossetti and melancholy     42
The hopeful imagination     53
'Great Love and Long Study': Dante, Petrarch, and Monna Innominata     59
'Romantic' and 'Victorian' Dante     59
Christina Rossetti and Beatrice     62
Monna Innominata: The preface     67
Monna Innominata: The poem     69
'A Courteous Tilt in the Strong-Minded Woman Lists': Rossetti, St. Paul, and Women     96
Imagination and responsibility     96
Rossetti and Eve     100
Rossetti and St. Paul     106
Rossetti and female suffrage     112
Rossetti and Old Testament women     117
Spiritual Autobiography in Time Flies: A Reading Diary     131
Religious authority and spiritual humility     135
Reconciling artistic and spiritual responsibility     143
Typology     156
Time and eternity     165
Imagining Faith:Earth and Heaven in The face of the Deep     168
Notes     197
Selected Bibliography     210
Index     216
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