Fatal Women of Romanticism by Adriana CraciunFatal Women of Romanticism by Adriana Craciun

Fatal Women of Romanticism

byAdriana Craciun

Paperback | June 11, 2009

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Incarnations of fatal women, or femmes fatales, recur throughout the works of women writers in the Romantic period. Adriana Craciun demonstrates how portrayals of femmes fatales played an important role in the development of Romantic women's poetic identities and affected their exploration of issues surrounding the body, sexuality and politics. Craciun covers a wide range of writers and genres from the 1790s through the 1830s and discusses the work of such well-known figures as Mary Wollstonecraft, as well as lesser-known writers like Anne Bannerman. This examination of women writers' fatal women in historical, political and medical contexts exposes a far-ranging debate on sexual difference.
Title:Fatal Women of RomanticismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.79 inPublished:June 11, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:052111182X

ISBN - 13:9780521111829

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The subject of violence: Mary Lamb, femme fatale; 2. Violence against difference: Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson and women's strength; 3. 'The aristocracy of genius': Mary Robinson and Marie Antoinette; 4. Unnatural, unsexed, undead: Charlotte Dacre's gothic bodies; 5. 'In seraph strains, unpitying, to destroy': Anne Bannerman's femmes fatales; 6. 'Life has one vast stern likeness in its gloom': Letitia Landon's philosophy of decomposition; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Subtle and sophisticated...an important addition to the literature on Romantic era women writers." Essays in Criticism