Nineteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorIsobel Armstrong, Joseph BristowbyCath Sharrock

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Nineteenth-Century Women Poets is a major new anthology, turning a wide focus on a period which has traditionally had only its most eminent writers examined in any depth. Beginning with Anna Laetitia Barbauld's petition to William Wilberforce and ending with the myth-making Irish writers ofthe Celtic revival, this wide-ranging collection brings to light diverse female traditions that have for years remained in obscurity. While Nineteenth-Century Women Poets showcasts a host of female writers well-known in their day - Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Christina Rossetti -it resists the narrow focus upon familiar middle-class authors taken by other anthologies of this period and contains works by working-class, colonial and political writers, in addition to the better-known names. The anthology draws on first editions for texts wherever possible, retaining thespelling and punctuation of the originals for a faithful representation. The chronological progression of the title highlights the development of women's verse from the late Romantic period through to the Victorian fin-de-siecle, examining the political formations and cultural groupings to which the women belonged, along with the structures which made the development oftheir work possible, in particular the numerous minority journals which allowed them a coherent voice. The collection also explores the thematic connections between different writers, though a consideration of common preoccupations with marriage, slavery, military conflict, national identity, andreligious and sexual discourses, and reveals how styles and genres changed across the century.

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Nineteenth-Century Women Poets is a major new anthology, selecting widely from writings produced in a period that has traditionally been associated with relatively few eminent female poets. Opening with Anna Laetitia Barbauld's petition to William Wilberforce and ending with the myth-making Irish writers of the Celtic revival, Nineteen...

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Nineteenth-Century Women Poets is a major new anthology, turning a wide focus on a period which has traditionally had only its most eminent writers examined in any depth. Beginning with Anna Laetitia Barbauld's petition to William Wilberforce and ending with the myth-making Irish writers ofthe Celtic revival, this wide-ranging collecti...

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Nineteenth-Century Women Poets is a major new anthology, selecting widely from writings produced in a period that has traditionally been associated with relatively few eminent female poets. Opening with Anna Laetitia Barbauld's petition to William Wilberforce and ending with the myth-making Irish writers of the Celtic revival, Nineteen...

Isobel Armstrong is Professor of English at Birkbeck College, University of London. Joseph Bristow is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of York and currently holds the position of Senior External Research Fellow at Stanford University. Catharine Sharrock is Lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:868 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.85 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198112904

ISBN - 13:9780198112907

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Nineteenth-Century Women Poets is a major new anthology, selecting widely from writings produced in a period that has traditionally been associated with relatively few eminent female poets. Opening with Anna Laetitia Barbauld's petition to William Wilberforce and ending with the myth-making Irish writers of the Celtic revival, Nineteenth-Century Women Poets rediscovers rich and diverse female traditions. The anthology presents the work of over one hundred women writers. Besides featuring distinguished middle-class poets such as Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Christina Rossetti, the collection presents work by authors such as Maria Jane Jewsbury, Augusta Webster, and Michael Field, whose significance is only now becoming apparent. It achieves range and depth by reprinting poems by working-class, colonial, and political poets, in addition to very substantial selections from the work of major figures. The collection draws on first editions wherever possible. The chronological span of the anthology provides a unique perspective on women's poetry from

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'... extraordinarily valuable for the range of material ... it is a triumph of this volume that its combination of the canonical and the unusual offers such a complete history in its own right of women's poetic production during the nineteenth century.' Kate Flint, Linacre College Oxford,Review of English Studies, Vol. 50, No. 197, 1999