Women's Poetry In The Enlightenment

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A unique collection of twelve critical essays on women's poetry of the eighteenth-century and late enlightenment, the first to range widely over individual poets and to undertake a comprehensive exploration of the formal experiments, aesthetics, and politics of their work. Experiment with genre and form, the poetics of the body, the politics of gender, revolutionary critique, and patronage are themes of the collection.

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Overview

A unique collection of twelve critical essays on women's poetry of the eighteenth-century and late enlightenment, the first to range widely over individual poets and to undertake a comprehensive exploration of the formal experiments, aesthetics, and politics of their work. Experiment with genre and form, the poetics of the body, the politics of gender, revolutionary critique, and patronage are themes of the collection.

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A dozen critical essays affirm the significance of women's poetry of the late Enlightenment and early Romantic periods. Counter to the conventional wisdom, poets such as Mary Leapor, Ann Yearsley, Helen Marie Williams, Joanna Baillie, and Charlotte Smith are shown to have been as adventuresome in "the sensuous 18th century" as their male counterparts in terms of subject matter, style, political agenda, and remaking genres: adding up to a female canon with what Barbauld termed the "well thought philosophic mind." ("The Mouse Petition") Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312212827
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/15/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Isobel Armstrong is Professor of English at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Virginia Blain is Associate Professor of English at Macquarie University in Sydney.

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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
• Introduction—Isobel Armstrong and Virginia Blain
Part I: The Sensuous Eighteenth Century: Minds and Bodies
• Sensuousness in the Poetry of Eighteenth-Century Women Poets—Margaret Ann Doody
• All Passion Extinguish'd: The Case of Mary Chandler (1687-1745)—David Shuttleton
• A Dialogue: Elizabeth Carter's Passion for the Female Mind—Lisa A. Freeman
Part II: The Feminist Political Project
• Mary Seymour Montague: Anonymity and 'Old Satirical Codes'—Isobel Grundy
• The Female Poet and the Poetess: Two Traditions of British Women's Poetry 1780-1830—Anne K. Mellor
• The Politics of Vision: Anna Barbauld's "Eighteen Hundred and Eleven"—Maggie Favretti
Part III: Protest and Patronage
• "This Muse-born Wonder:" The Occluded Voice of Ann Yearsley, Milkwoman and Poet of Clifton—Mary Waldron
• The Maid and the Minister's Wife: Literary Philanthropy in Regency York—Roger Sales
Part IV: Remaking Genres and Subjectivities
• Romantic Women Poets: Inscribing the Self—Stuart Curran
• Homosocial Women: Martha Sansom, Constantia Grierson, Mary Leapor and Georgic Verse Epistle—Kate Lilley
• Charlotte Smith's Elegiac Sonnets: Losses and Gains—Judith Hawley
Finale: A Female Canon?
• Fashioning a Female Canon: Eighteenth Century Women Poets and the Politics of the Anthology—Elizabeth Eger
• Index

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