Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender

Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: Nation, Class, and Gender

by Moira Ferguson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791425118

ISBN-13: 9780791425114

Pub. Date: 11/01/1995

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This book shows how eighteenth-century women's literature redefined nation and culture in class and gendered terms.

This book examines the poems of three Englishwomen—washerwoman Mary Collier, middle-class feminist polemicist Mary Scott, Bristol milkwoman Ann Yearsley, and Scottish dairywoman from Ayrshire, Janet Little. It questions how national

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Overview

This book shows how eighteenth-century women's literature redefined nation and culture in class and gendered terms.

This book examines the poems of three Englishwomen—washerwoman Mary Collier, middle-class feminist polemicist Mary Scott, Bristol milkwoman Ann Yearsley, and Scottish dairywoman from Ayrshire, Janet Little. It questions how national identity might have influenced gender and class affiliations, and, reciprocally, how gender might have determined a nationalist impulse, particularly as it played out during the revolutionary period (1770-1800) in which most of the texts were written.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791425114
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Series:
SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Pages:
164

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Mary Collier: Women's Labor, Gender/Class Identity, and National Building

3. Mary Scott: Historicizing Women, (En)Gendering Cultural History

4. Ann Yearsley, the Published Writings:Gender, Patriotism, and Resistance

5. Ann Yearsley, the Unpublished Poems:Confrontation Unmediated, Empathy Undisguised

6. Janet Little, the Ayrshire Dairywoman:Gender, Class, and Scottish National Identity

7. Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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