Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception

Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception


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One of the most exciting developments in Romantic studies in the past decade has been the rediscovery and repositioning of women poets as vital and influential members of the Romantic literary community. This is the first volume to focus on women poets of this era and to consider how their historical reception challenges current conceptions of Romanticism. With a broad, revisionist view, the essays examine the poetry these women produced, what the poets thought about themselves and their place in the contemporary literary scene, and what the recovery of their works says about current and past theoretical frameworks.

The contributors focus their attention on such poets as Felicia Hemans, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Charlotte Smith, Anna Barbauld, Mary Lamb, and Fanny Kemble and argue for a significant rethinking of Romanticism as an intellectual and cultural phenomenon. Grounding their consideration of the poets in cultural, social, intellectual, and aesthetic concerns, the authors contest the received wisdom about Romantic poetry, its authors, its themes, and its audiences. Some of the essays examine the ways in which many of the poets sought to establish stable positions and identities for themselves, while others address the changing nature over time of the reputations of these women poets.

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ISBN-13: 9780813121079
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 06/25/1999
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Harriet Kramer Linkin, associate professor of English at New Mexico State University, is coeditor of Approaches to Teaching British Women Poets of the Romantic Period.

Stephen C. Behrendt, George Holmes Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, is author of Royal Mourning and Regency Culture.

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