Romantic Women Poets

Genre and Gender


Romantic Women Poets: Genre and Gender focuses on the part played by women poets in the creation of the literary canon in the Romantic period in Britain. Its thirteen essays enrich our panoramic view of an age that is traditionally dominated by male authors such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats and Scott. Instead the volume concentrates on the poetical theory and practice of such extraordinary and fascinating women as Joanna Baillie, Charlotte Smith, Anna Laetita Barbauld, Dorothy Wordsworth, Helen Maria Williams, Lady Morgan, Ann Radcliffe, Mary Shelley, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Anna Seward, and Lady Caroline Lamb. Female and male poetics, gender and genres, literary forms and poetic modes are extensively discussed together with the diversity of behaviour and personal responses that the individual women poets offered to their age and provoked in their readers. There have been several important collections of essays in this particular area of study in the last few years, but this volume reflects and complements much of this earlier critical work with specific strengths of its own.
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Review Quotes

”Ms. Montini grants Barbauld an important place in the canon she helped to establish.” - Elisa Bizzotto, Instituto Universitario di Architettura Venezia, in: The Scriblerian and the kit-cats, Spring and Autumn 2012, p. 2

Table of contents

Lilla Maria CRISAFULLI and Cecilia PIETROPOLI: Introduction
Modes of Women’s Verse and Voice in the Romantic Period
Stuart CURRAN: Anna Seward and the Dynamics of Female Friendship
Jane STABLER: “Know me what I paint”: Women Poets and the Aesthetics of the Sketch 1770-1830
Lilla Maria CRISAFULLI: Within or Without? Problems of Perspective in Charlotte Smith, Anna Laetitia Barbauld and Dorothy Wordsworth
Lia GUERRA: Helen Maria Williams: The Shaping of a Poetic Identity
Creating a Public Voice
Timothy WEBB: Listing the Busy Sounds: Anna Seward, Mary Robinson and the Poetic Challenge of the City
Dorothy MCMILLAN: Joanna Baillie’s Embarrassment
Genre Crossing: Verse Versus Prose and Drama
Beatrice BATTAGLIA: The “Pieces of Poetry” in Ann Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho
Diego SAGLIA: Ending the Romance: Women Poets and the Romantic Verse Tale
Serena BAIESI: Letitia Elizabeth Landon’s The Improvisatrice: the Fatal Combination of Gender and Genre
Donatella MONTINI: Anna Laetitia Barbauld’s Ethics of Sentiment
Romantic Female and Male Poets: Dialogue and Revision
Cecilia PIETROPOLI: Women Romance Writers: Mary Tighe and Mary Hays
Richard CRONIN: Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, and “Lady’s Rule”
Gioia ANGELETTI: Women Re-writing Men: The Examples of Anna Seward and Lady Caroline Lamb
Notes on Contributors


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