Gender and History in Yeats's Love Poetry / Edition 1

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This first full-length feminist treatment of Yeats shows how his experience of changes in the balance of power between men and women led him to expand the formal possibilities of love poetry. As a white, male, middle-class, Protestant citizen of the British Empire, with an acknowledged debt to canonical English writers, Yeats belonged to the dominant tradition. As a colonised Irishman, however, he was acutely conscious of repression and exclusion. Detailed examination of Yeats's work in the context of the formal conventions of love poetry and the history of the emancipation of women and the decolonisation of Ireland re-situated a private genre in a public context. Yeats's complex position in history and culture, his long obsession with a 'New Woman', his indeterminate gender identity and his constant remaking of his poetics all contribute to the power of his poetry to fascinate the reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815603313
  • Publisher: Syracuse University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Irish Studies Series
  • Edition description: 1st Syracuse University Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Note on texts
Introduction 1
1 The anxiety of masculinity 11
2 At the feet of the goddess: the feminist occult 25
3 The Liebestod 43
4 Thinking of her as Ireland 55
5 Venus or Mrs. Pankhurst: from love to friendship 73
6 The occult epithalamium 102
7 Shrill voices, accursed opinions 121
8 Swans on the cesspool: Leda and rape 140
9 The erotics of the ballad 165
10 Desire and hunger in "Among School Children" 185
11 Writing the female body: women young and old 203
12 Crazy Jane and the Irish episcopate 227
13 Supernatural sex 245
14 A foolish passionate man 261
Notes 288
Works cited 308
Index 325
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