Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poes Circle by Eliza RichardsGender and the Poetics of Reception in Poes Circle by Eliza Richards

Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poes Circle

byEliza Richards

Paperback | October 27, 2011

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Edgar Allan Poe is frequently portrayed as an isolated idiosyncratic genius unwilling or unable to adapt himself to the cultural conditions of his time. Eliza Richards revises this portrayal through an exploration of his collaborations and rivalries with his female contemporaries. Richards interprets and re-evaluates the work of three important and largely forgotten women poets in the context of nineteenth-century lyric practices: Frances Sargent Osgood, Sarah Helen Whitman, and Elizabeth Oakes Smith.
Title:Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poes CircleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:October 27, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521174392

ISBN - 13:9780521174398

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Table of Contents

Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on texts used; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. 'The poetess' the Poe's performance of the feminine; 2. Frances Sargent Osgood, Salon poetry, and the erotic voice print; 3. Sarah Helen Whitman, spiritualist poetics, and the 'Phantom Voice' of Poe; 4. Elizabeth Oakes Smith's 'Unspeakable Eloquence'; Coda: the raven's return.

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"This provocative, fascinating study interweaves a focus on individual figures...with startling claims about the method by which Poe may have vampirized the very women whose attentions he courted and obtained. Richards mixes gender, textuality, genre, and mimicry in compelling ways, luring us from seeing Poe as always the point and reconceptualizing the nature of poetic and cultural exchange in an era obsessed by spiritualism and the feminine...this book deserves attention as a significant revisionist reading of Poe and lyrical practices in the nineteenth century." Jeffrey H. Richards, Old Dominion University, South Atlantic Review