Factory Girl: Ellen Johnston and Working-Class Poetry in Victorian Scotland

Factory Girl: Ellen Johnston and Working-Class Poetry in Victorian Scotland

by H. Gustav Klaus
     
 

It is at last being recognized that, contrary to common understanding, there were working-class women poets in the nineteenth century. Yet this growing awareness is rarely accompanied by a sustained engagement with their poetry. Painstaking research into the life and work of an author remains constricted to the Brownings and Rossettis of both sexes. The present

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It is at last being recognized that, contrary to common understanding, there were working-class women poets in the nineteenth century. Yet this growing awareness is rarely accompanied by a sustained engagement with their poetry. Painstaking research into the life and work of an author remains constricted to the Brownings and Rossettis of both sexes. The present study breaks with this academic habit. It is the first critical biography of the Glaswegian writer who signed her poems as 'The Factory Girl'. It is an essay in recovery and exploration, situating Ellen Johnston at the intersection of gender, class and nation. It documents her range of subjects, styles and voices. The book is concluded by a selection of Ellen Johnston's verse.

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«Professor Klaus must be commended for his pioneering work in righting a monumental wrong and he quite properly takes to task those feminist writers of our own time who have either ignored Ellen or misinterpreted her life and work to suit their own agenda.» (James Mackay, Studies in Scottish Literature)
«'Factory Girl' is the product of a strong interest, a commitment to research ...the book is a challenge by the editor, to adapt critical approach to material and context, to show flexibility in drawing information and critical insight from whatever is available...'Factory Girl' makes the reader re-evaluate both the poetry it presents and the reader's assumptions on reading both the book and the editor's presentation of the poetry: no mean achievement.» (Ian Campbell, Scottish Literary Journal)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783631334713
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Series:
Scottish Studies International, #23
Pages:
117

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