Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives by Stephen BygraveAnna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives by Stephen Bygrave

Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives

Contribution byStephen Bygrave, Isobel ArmstrongEditorOlivia Murphy

Paperback | December 16, 2015

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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.
William McCarthy is professor of English emeritus at Iowa State University. Olivia Murphy is lecturer in English at Murdoch University.
Title:Anna Letitia Barbauld: New PerspectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:404 pages, 8.85 × 5.97 × 1.15 inPublished:December 16, 2015Publisher:Bucknell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1611487129

ISBN - 13:9781611487121


Table of Contents

ContentsList of Illustrations List of Tables Preface Gillian Dow and Felicity JamesAcknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction: Anna Letitia Barbauld Today William McCarthy1"Slip-shod Measure" and "Language of Gods": Barbauld's Stylistic Range Isobel Grundy2 Barbauld's Poetic Career in Script and Print Michelle Levy3 Anna Letitia Barbauld: A Unitarian Poetics? Isobel Armstrong4 Materiality, Affect, Event: Barbauld's Poetics of the Everyday Sonia Hofkosh5 "The Things Themselves": Sensory Images in Lessons for Children and Hymns in Prose Joanna Wharton6 "Hallowed by the Occasion of the Meeting": Priestley, Meetings, Utility and Address in Barbauld's Work of the 1790s Stephen Bygrave7 Lady Defender of the Revolution: Anna Letitia Barbauld among the British Radicals ... Rachel Trethewey8 Stoic Patriotism in Barbauld's Political Poems E. J. Clery9 From Beauties to Selections: Barbauld's Design for The Spectator Scott Krawczyk10 Assuming Authority: Barbauld as Critic Sabine Volk-Birke11 Anna Letitia Barbauld, Jane Austen's Unseen Interlocutor Jocelyn Harris12 "No Man Could Owe More": John Ruskin's Debt to Anna Barbauld's Books for Children Naomi Lightman13 Riddling Sibyl, Uncanny Cassandra: the Recent Critical Reception of Anna Letitia Barbauld Olivia MurphyBibliography Works of Anna Letitia Barbauld Secondary Works About the Contributors Index

Editorial Reviews

This stunning collection of new essays immediately (re)establishes Anna Letitia Barbauld as one of the most important and influential authors of the earlier Romantic era in Britain. It reminds today's readers that Barbauld was not only a writer of extraordinary intellectual range and capacity but also a masterful stylist in prose and poetry alike. Neglected and misrepresented for nearly two centuries of conventional literary-historical commentary, Barbauld emerges from this collection of compelling essays as a protean writer whose obligations to her readers, her literary contemporaries, and her fellow citizens were never far from view and who committed herself with remarkable self-effacement to the moral and civic duty that were crucial to her as a Dissenting writer, thinker, teacher, and loyal British citizen.