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A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry

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Jennifer Putzi, Alexandra Socarides, Mary Louise Kete, Tamara Harvey, Kerry Larson, Michael C. Cohen, Elizabeth A. Petrino, Desirée Henderson, Gary Kelly, Michelle Kohler, Páraic Finnerty, Faith Barrett, Eric Gardner, Paula Bennett, Eliza Richards, Joanna Levin, Edward Whitley, Elizabeth Renker, Cristanne Miller, Robert Dale Parker, Monique-Adelle Callahan, Jess Roberts, Claudia Stokes, Angela Sorby, Shira Wolosky, Mary Loeffelholz
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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107083981

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  • A History of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry is the first book to construct a coherent history of the field and focus entirely on women's poetry of the period. With contributions from some of the most prominent scholars of nineteenth-century American literature, it explores a wide variety of authors, texts, and methodological approaches. Organized into three chronological sections, the essays examine multiple genres of poetry, consider poems circulated in various manuscript and print venues, and propose alternative ways of narrating literary history. From these essays, a rich story emerges about a diverse poetics that was once immensely popular but has since been forgotten. This History confirms that the field has advanced far beyond the recovery of select individual poets. It will be an invaluable resource for students, teachers, and critics of both the literature and the history of this era.

    • Provides a much-needed overview of the field that combines numerous strands of scholarship
    • Illustrates the relationship between women's poetry and the larger literary marketplace
    • Allows students to gain an understanding of a wide variety of texts from the period
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    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107083981
    • length: 456 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 162 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: making history: thinking about nineteenth-century American women's poetry Jennifer Putzi and Alexandra Socarides
    Part I. 1800–40, American Poesis and the National Imaginary:
    1. Claiming Lucy Terry Prince: literary history and the problem of early African-American women poets Mary Louise Kete
    2. Before the poetess: women's poetry in the early republic Tamara Harvey
    3. The passion for poetry in Lydia Sigourney and Elizabeth Oakes Smith Kerry Larson
    4. Album verse and the poetics of scribal circulation Michael C. Cohen
    5. Presents of mind: Lydia Sigourney, gift book culture, and the commodification of poetry Elizabeth A. Petrino
    6. The friendship elegy Desirée Henderson
    7. Gendered Atlantic: Lydia Sigourney and Felicia Hemans Gary Kelly
    Part II. 1840–65, Unions and Disunion:
    8. Women, Transcendentalism, and The Dial: poetry and poetics Michelle Kohler
    9. Poets of the loom, spinners of verse: working-class women's poetry and The Lowell Offering Jennifer Putzi
    10. Women's transatlantic poetic network Páraic Finnerty
    11. Making and unmaking a canon: American women's poetry and the nineteenth-century anthology Alexandra Socarides
    12. 'What witty sally': Phoebe Cary's poetics of parody Faith Barrett
    13. Nineteenth-century American women's poetry of slavery and abolition Eric Gardner
    14. Fever-dreams: antebellum Southern women poets and the Gothic Paula Bennett
    15. The Civil War language of flowers Eliza Richards
    16. Poetry and bohemianism Joanna Levin and Edward Whitley
    Part III. 1865–1900, Experiment and Expansion:
    17. Women poets and American literary realism Elizabeth Renker
    18. Verse forms Cristanne Miller
    19. Braided relations: towards a history of nineteenth-century American Indian women's poetry Robert Dale Parker
    20. Frances Harper and the poetry of reconstruction Monique-Adelle Callahan
    21. (Hear the bird): Sarah Piatt and the dramatic monologue Jess Roberts
    22. Women writers and the hymn Claudia Stokes
    23. Women poets, child readers Angela Sorby
    24. Emma Lazarus transnational Shira Wolosky
    25. The creation of Emily Dickinson and the study of nineteenth-century American women's poetry Mary Loeffelholz.

  • Editors

    Jennifer Putzi, College of William and Mary, Virginia
    Jennifer Putzi is Associate Professor of English and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the College of William and Mary, Virginia. She is the author of Identifying Marks: Race, Gender, and the Marked Body in Nineteenth-Century America (2006), the editor of Elizabeth Stoddard's Two Men (2008), and the coeditor of The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard (2012, with Elizabeth Stockton).

    Alexandra Socarides, University of Missouri, Columbia
    Alexandra Socarides is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri, Columbia. She is the author of Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics (2012) and the coeditor of The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition, Volume 7: Poetry (forthcoming, with Michael Cohen).

    Contributors

    Jennifer Putzi, Alexandra Socarides, Mary Louise Kete, Tamara Harvey, Kerry Larson, Michael C. Cohen, Elizabeth A. Petrino, Desirée Henderson, Gary Kelly, Michelle Kohler, Páraic Finnerty, Faith Barrett, Eric Gardner, Paula Bennett, Eliza Richards, Joanna Levin, Edward Whitley, Elizabeth Renker, Cristanne Miller, Robert Dale Parker, Monique-Adelle Callahan, Jess Roberts, Claudia Stokes, Angela Sorby, Shira Wolosky, Mary Loeffelholz

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