The Culture of Christina Rossetti: Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts

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The Culture of Christina Rossetti explores a “new” Christina Rossetti as she emerges from the scrutiny of the particular historical and cultural context in which she lived and wrote. The essays in this collection demonstrate how the recluse, saint, and renunciatory spinster of former studies was in fact an active participant in her society's attempt to grapple with new developments in aesthetics, theology, science, economics, and politics.

The volume examines Rossetti’s poetry,...

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Overview


The Culture of Christina Rossetti explores a “new” Christina Rossetti as she emerges from the scrutiny of the particular historical and cultural context in which she lived and wrote. The essays in this collection demonstrate how the recluse, saint, and renunciatory spinster of former studies was in fact an active participant in her society's attempt to grapple with new developments in aesthetics, theology, science, economics, and politics.

The volume examines Rossetti’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from a variety of theoretical and critical perspectives in order to reevaluate her place in the Victorian world of art, literature, and ideas. The essays offer a radical rethinking of her best-known poems, retrieve neglected works, establish the diversity of her writing, and reposition Rossetti within a canon continually under formation.

Contributing to the ongoing retrieval of the nineteenth-century woman poet, The Culture of Christina Rossetti highlights Rossetti’s responses to both male and female literary traditions and explores her incorporation and revision of literary influences from medieval Italian sources to contemporary writers.

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Contains 12 essays examining her lyric and narrative poetry, her writing for children, her devotional prose, and her critical work from a variety of theoretical perspectives but all showing Rossetti to be an artist actively engaged in Victorian developments in aesthetics, theology, science, economics, and politics. Includes a few well chosen b&w illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821412435
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Arseneau is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Ottawa.

Antony H. Harrisonis Professor of English at North Carolina State University.

Lorraine Janzen Kooistra is the author of The Artist as Critic: Bitextuality in Fin-de-Siècle Illustrated Books and Christina Rossetti and Illustration: A Publishing History. She is co-editor of The Culture of Christina Rossetti: Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts and The Yellow Nineties Online. She teaches at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
I Intertexts and Influences
1 Speaking Unlikenesses: The Double Text in Christina Rossetti's "After Death" and "Remember" 3
2 "May My Great Love Avail Me": Christina Rossetti and Dante 22
3 "Monna Innominata" and Sonnets from the Portuguese Sonnet Traditions and Spiritual Trajectories 46
4 Tasting the "Fruit Forbidden": Gender, Intertextuality, and Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market 75
II Contexts and Critique
5 The Political Economy of Fruit: Goblin Market 105
6 Visualizing the Fantastic Subject: Goblin Market and the Gaze 137
7 "Frogs and Fat Toads": Christina Rossetti and the Significance of the Nonhuman 170
8 Astronomy of the Invisible: Contexts for Christina Rossetti's Heavenly Parables 194
9 Speaking Likenesses Hearing the Lesson 212
III Female Poetics
10 Father's Place, Mother's Space: Identity, Italy, and the Maternal in Christina Rossetti's Poetry 235
11 Rossetti's Cold Women: Irony and Liminal Fantasy in the Death Lyrics 260
12 Dying to Be a Poetess: The Conundrum of Christina Rossetti 285
Bibliography 315
Editors and Contributors 335
Index 338
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