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Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination: The Devotional Poetry and Prose
     

Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination: The Devotional Poetry and Prose

by Dinah Roe
 

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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

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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 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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'Roe's book rediscovers neglected works, making a case for their relevance to a modern audience...It is a beautifully written, thoughtful and accessible work which will appeal to fans of poetry, women's writing, and the 19th century.' - The Hamstead and Highgate Express

'With critical sensitivity and careful attentiveness to Rossetti's poetic style and scriptural heritage, Roe demonstrates in convincing and original close readings Rossetti's deft mining of Tractarian aesthetic resources including typology, analogy, and reserve...Christina Rossetti's Faithful Imagination deserves careful study by all serious Rossetti scholars.' - Esther T. Hu, Victorian Studies

'...Dinah Roe contributes significantly to the growing interest in Christina Rossetti's theology and to the recent trend of examing Rossetti's devotional work...Roe also enhances our understanding of Rossetti's devotional prose, a rearely treated aspect of her work that requires more thorough consideration.' - Todd O. Williams, Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230800311
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
10/31/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
368 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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