Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies Series)

Victorian Women Poets: An Anthology (Blackwell Anthologies Series)

by Angela Leighton
     
 

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This reader contains sixteen new and recent essays addressing work by, and issues raised concerning, Victorian women poets. Among those discussed directly are: Elizabeth Barrett Browing, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Michael Field, Felicia Hemans, Adelaide Proctor, Christina Rossetti, and Rosamund Marriott Watson. Key topics dealt with include the nature of home,the… See more details below

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This reader contains sixteen new and recent essays addressing work by, and issues raised concerning, Victorian women poets. Among those discussed directly are: Elizabeth Barrett Browing, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Michael Field, Felicia Hemans, Adelaide Proctor, Christina Rossetti, and Rosamund Marriott Watson. Key topics dealt with include the nature of home,the market, the fallen woman and the moral law, the mother, and the muse.

Critics represented are: Isobel Armstrong, Kathleen Blake, Susan Conley, Stevie Davies, Sandra M. Gilbert, Gill Gregory, Terrence Holt, Linda K. Hughes, Angela Leighton, Tricia Lootens, Jerome J. McGann, Dorothy Mermin, Margaret Reynolds, Dolores Rosenblum, Chris White, and Joyce Zonana.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The woman poet, as a socially sanctioned phenomenon, is a 19th-century creation. This long overdue anthology brilliantly documents the woman poet's self-fashioning; two introductory essays and copious biographical notes on each of the 51 poets here allow us to relate greats Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti to those whose work was uneven, but who played an important part in the emerging tradition of women's poetry, such as Felicia Hemans, L.E.L. and the sexually charged aunt-niece team Michael Field. Dismissed by modernism as ``too feminine,'' this tradition can now be seen to have had intellectual and social preoccupations neither quaint nor irredeemably sentimental. By canny selection, the editors (both are British academics) reveal the poets as women working through the Victorian ideology that would have them be either pictures of domestic virtue or madwomen in the attic. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631176091
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Series:
Blackwell Anthologies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
691
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.51(d)

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