The Romantic Poetess: European Culture, Politics, and Gender, 1820-1840 / Edition 1

The Romantic Poetess: European Culture, Politics, and Gender, 1820-1840 / Edition 1

by Patrick Vincent
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584654317

ISBN-13: 9781584654315

Pub. Date: 10/22/2004

Publisher: University of New Hampshire Press

Elegiac Muses is the first general introduction to the poetry, culture, and politics of the romantic poetess in Europe. Between 1820 and 1840, a sisterhood of artists throughout Europe, including Felicia Hemans and Letitia Landon in England, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Delphine Gay, and Amable Tastu in France, and Evdokia Rostopchina and Karolina Pavlova in Russia

Overview

Elegiac Muses is the first general introduction to the poetry, culture, and politics of the romantic poetess in Europe. Between 1820 and 1840, a sisterhood of artists throughout Europe, including Felicia Hemans and Letitia Landon in England, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Delphine Gay, and Amable Tastu in France, and Evdokia Rostopchina and Karolina Pavlova in Russia, produced gendered, sentimental poetry, which shared a common political aspiration. Following in the footsteps of Germaine de Staël (and her heroine Corinne, 1807), these women wrote to foster sympathy and facilitate the development of a liberal, internationalist culture, identifying with writers from other countries, imagining their “civilizing mission” as collective and universal.

From a new, comparative perspective, Patrick Vincent nimbly restores the unjustly debased image of the romantic poetess in this outstanding investigation of complex nineteenth-century intersections between femininity and writing, public and political aspirations, and literary commodification. Among the book’s noteworthy achievements is its establishment of the romantic poetess as an important figure in the emergence of the modern liberal state.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584654315
Publisher:
University of New Hampshire Press
Publication date:
10/22/2004
Series:
Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Suffering Heroines: Germaine de Stael's Politics of the Feminine
Last Songs: The Romantic Poetess and the Elegy
First Last Songs: The Public Voice of Sentiment
Altogether Foreign Monsters? Women and Cosmopolitanism in the Romantic Age
A Continent of Corinnes: Poems on Corinne Italy and Exhile
From Salon to Annual
The Poetess in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Burying the Poetess: Disenchantment Poems Death Elegies Posthumous Reviews and Obituaries
Conclusion
Appendix A. Biographical Dictionary
Appendix B. The Last Song of Corinne
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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