Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives is the first collection of essays on poet and public intellectual Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743–1825). By international scholars of eighteenth-century and Romantic British literature, these new essays survey Barbauld’s writing from early to late: her versatility as a stylist, her poetry, her books for children, her political writing, her performance as editor and reviewer. They explore themes of sociability, materiality, and affect in Barbauld’s writing, and trace her reception and influence. Rooted in enlightenment philosophy and ethics and dissenting religion, Barbauld’s work exerted a huge impact on the generation of Wordsworth and Coleridge, and on education and ideas about childhood far into the nineteenth century. William McCarthy’s introduction explores the importance of Barbauld’s work today, and co-editor Olivia Murphy assesses the commentary on Barbauld that followed her rediscovery in the early 1990s. Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives is the indispensible introduction to Barbauld’s work and current thinking about it.
|Publisher:||Bucknell University Press|
|Series:||Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850 Series|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
William McCarthy is professor of English emeritus at Iowa State University.
Olivia Murphy is lecturer in English at Murdoch University.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Gillian Dow and Felicity James
Introduction: Anna Letitia Barbauld Today
1“Slip-shod Measure” and “Language of Gods”: Barbauld’s Stylistic Range
2 Barbauld’s Poetic Career in Script and Print
3 Anna Letitia Barbauld: A Unitarian Poetics?
4 Materiality, Affect, Event: Barbauld’s Poetics of the Everyday
5 “The Things Themselves”: Sensory Images in Lessons for Children and Hymns in Prose
6 “Hallowed by the Occasion of the Meeting”: Priestley, Meetings, Utility and Address in Barbauld’s Work of the 1790s
7 Lady Defender of the Revolution: Anna Letitia Barbauld among the British Radicals ...
8 Stoic Patriotism in Barbauld’s Political Poems
E. J. Clery
9 From Beauties to Selections: Barbauld’s Design for The Spectator
10 Assuming Authority: Barbauld as Critic
11 Anna Letitia Barbauld, Jane Austen’s Unseen Interlocutor
12 “No Man Could Owe More”: John Ruskin’s Debt to Anna Barbauld’s Books for Children
13 Riddling Sibyl, Uncanny Cassandra: the Recent Critical Reception of Anna Letitia Barbauld
Works of Anna Letitia Barbauld
About the Contributors