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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611487121
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 12/06/2013
Series: Transits: Literature, Thought & Culture, 1650-1850 Series
Pages: 404
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
William McCarthy

1“Slip-shod Measure” and “Language of Gods”: Barbauld’s Stylistic Range
Isobel Grundy

2 Barbauld’s Poetic Career in Script and Print
Michelle Levy

3 Anna Letitia Barbauld: A Unitarian Poetics?
Isobel Armstrong

4 Materiality, Affect, Event: Barbauld’s Poetics of the Everyday
Sonia Hofkosh

5 “The Things Themselves”: Sensory Images in Lessons for Children and Hymns in Prose
Joanna Wharton

6 “Hallowed by the Occasion of the Meeting”: Priestley, Meetings, Utility and Address in Barbauld’s Work of the 1790s
Stephen Bygrave

7 Lady Defender of the Revolution: Anna Letitia Barbauld among the British Radicals ...
Rachel Trethewey

8 Stoic Patriotism in Barbauld’s Political Poems
E. J. Clery

9 From Beauties to Selections: Barbauld’s Design for The Spectator
Scott Krawczyk

10 Assuming Authority: Barbauld as Critic
Sabine Volk-Birke

11 Anna Letitia Barbauld, Jane Austen’s Unseen Interlocutor
Jocelyn Harris

12 “No Man Could Owe More”: John Ruskin’s Debt to Anna Barbauld’s Books for Children
Naomi Lightman

13 Riddling Sibyl, Uncanny Cassandra: the Recent Critical Reception of Anna Letitia Barbauld
Olivia Murphy

Works of Anna Letitia Barbauld
Secondary Works
About the Contributors

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