The Galesia Trilogy and Selected Manuscript Poems of Jane Barker

The Galesia Trilogy and Selected Manuscript Poems of Jane Barker

by Jane Barker
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195086503

ISBN-13: 9780195086508

Pub. Date: 03/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Novelist, poet, manager of farm property, convert to Roman Catholicism, Jacobite in exile in France, and woman unmarried by choice, Jane Barker (1652-1732) wrote on a remarkable variety of subjects and displayed an equally remarkable variety of genres. Her multifaceted work is important in understanding the woman artist, the shifting literary marketplace, and the

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Novelist, poet, manager of farm property, convert to Roman Catholicism, Jacobite in exile in France, and woman unmarried by choice, Jane Barker (1652-1732) wrote on a remarkable variety of subjects and displayed an equally remarkable variety of genres. Her multifaceted work is important in understanding the woman artist, the shifting literary marketplace, and the response of women to a society torn apart by endless wars, religious intolerance, and a legal and economic system that consistently disadvantaged them.

Love Intrigues (1713), A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies (1723) and The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen (1726), the three novels that comprise The Galesia Trilogy, attest to her talents. In all three works, Galesia is Barker's semi- autobiographical narrator and heroine, whose voice becomes like that of a friend to the reader. The first work, an anti-romance celebrated for its psychological realism, captures the confusion and ambivalence of the young Galesia as she is courted by her rakish cousin. The second and third works include a dynamic range of pieces: popular tales of seduced nuns and lust for the high life in London, and more personal poems about Galesia's choice of the artistic life and her practice of the healing arts. Barker brilliantly structures the narratives of the second and third novels as an embroidered patchwork screen, worked harmoniously by a community of women, to which Galesia stitches her artistic productions. This literary conceit, Barker asserts, equals anything developed by her male contemporaries in conveying the truths of human experience. Following the Trilogy, this edition includes several Barker poems, never before published, which prove particularly powerful in capturing life in exile after James II was deposed from the English throne by William of Orange in 1688.

This latest addition to the Women Writers in English series will have strong appeal for scholars working in the history of the novel and the literary marketplace, Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, women's history, and the relation of women's textile arts to imaginative literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195086508
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1997
Series:
Women Writers in English 1350-1850 Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.17(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Selected Bibliography
Notes on the Text
Love Intrigues1
A Patch-Work Screen for the Ladies49
The Lining of the Patch Work Screen175
To His Royal Highness292
To Her Majesty the Queen295
To Madam Fitz James297
To Dame - Augustin nun298
To My dear cosen Coll -300
The Miseries of St. Germains302
To my friend who prais'd my Poems307
On the death of the Right honourable the Earl of Exiter309
At the sight of the body of Our late gracious sovereign Lord310
A Dialogue between Fidelia and her little nephew, Martius313
On the great cares, And small injoyments of parents319
Reflection on dreams320
The lovers Elesium320
The Virgins paradise326
Reflections on Mr. Cowleys words329
A song330
Index of First Lines of Poems331

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