Networking the Nation: British and American Womens Poetry and Italy, 1840-1870

Hardcover | August 16, 2015

byAlison Chapman

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How did nineteenth-century women's poetry shift from the poetess poetry of lyric effusion and hyper-femininity to the muscular epic of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh? Networking the Nation re-writes women's poetic traditions by demonstrating the debt that Barrett Browning'srevolutionary poetics owed to a circle of American and British women poets living in Florence and campaigning in their poetry and in their salons for Italian Unification. These women poets - Isa Blagden, Elizabeth Kinney, Eliza Ogilvy, and Theodosia Garrow Trollope - formed with Barrett Browning anetwork of poetry, sociability, and politics, which was devoted to the mission of campaigning for Italy as an independent nation state. In their poetic experiments with the active lyric voice, in their forging of a transnational persona through the periodical press, in their salons and spiritualistseances, the women poets formed a network that attempted to assert and perform an independent unified Italy in their work. Networking the Nation maps the careers of these expatriate women poets who were based in Florence in the key years of Risorgimento politics, racing their transnational social and print communities, and the problematic but schismatic shift in their poetry from the conventional sphere of the poetess.In the fraught and thrilling engagement with their adopted nation's revolutionary turmoil, and in their experiments with different types of writing agency, the women poets in this book offer revolutions of other kinds: revolutions of women's poetry and the very act of writing.

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How did nineteenth-century women's poetry shift from the poetess poetry of lyric effusion and hyper-femininity to the muscular epic of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh? Networking the Nation re-writes women's poetic traditions by demonstrating the debt that Barrett Browning'srevolutionary poetics owed to a circle of American a...

Dr Alison Chapman is an Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada. She has previously taught at the Universities of Sheffield Hallam, Dundee, and Glasgow. She is the author and editor of several books on Victorian literature and culture, in particular The Afterlife of Christina Rossetti (Palgrave, 2001), and the edited...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198723571

ISBN - 13:9780198723578

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IntroductionPart 1: Expatriate Salons1. Expatriate Networks2. Villa Brichieri3. Villino Trollope4. Casa GuidiPart 2: The Expatriate Poetess1. The English Poetess and Aurora Leigh2. Theodosia Garrow Trollope3. Isabella Blagden4. Eliza OgilvyPart 3: Risorgimenti1. Spirit Hands: Writing, Spiritualism and Political Agency2. Spirit Sisters: Sophia May Eckley and Elizabeth Barrett Browning3. Vulgar needs : EBB s Transatlantic Print Networks4. Performative Poetics5. Afterword