"I'le to My Self, and to My Muse Be True"
Strategies of Self-Authorization in Eighteenth-Century Women Poetry (Muensteraner Monographien zur englischen Literatur / Muenster Monographs on English Literature)
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|Format: ||Paperback, 314 pages, New edition Edition|
|Published In: ||Switzerland, 20 August 2008|
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In their verse, many British women composing poetry in the long eighteenth century wrote about and reflected on the very process of writing itself. In doing so, they often imitated and adapted specific poetic topoi, motifs, and generic patterns established by their male predecessors and peers including, among others, Homer, Ovid, and Juvenal, Dryden, Pope, and Swift. In exploring the phallic connotations of `pen and ink', in invoking the assistance of a personal muse, in writing sharp and effective `self-satires', and in identifying themselves with Philomela, the mythological persona of the nightingale, women like Anne Finch, Mary Chudleigh, Sarah Dixon, Mary Leapor, Anna Letitia Barbauld, and Charlotte Smith fashioned and authorized themselves as (female) poets.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Rights of Woman: Anne Finch, "The Introduction" - Making Atonements: Laetitia Pilkington, "Carte Blanche" - A Possessive Guest: Jane Barker, "To My Muse" - Of Bubbles and Verse: Anna Letitia Barbauld, "Washing-Day" - The Broken Petticoat: Sarah Dixon, "The Slattern" - Portrait of a Madwoman: Mary Leapor, "Mira's Picture" - Out of Reach: Anne Finch, "To the Nightingale" - Sighing and Singing: Charlotte Smith, "To a Nightingale".
About the Author
The Author: Kirsten Juhas studied English language and literature, German language and literature, and Cultural Studies at the Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat, Munster. From 1998 to 2003, she worked as a Research Assistant at the English Department as well as at the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies. She submitted her doctoral dissertation to the University's Faculty of Arts in 2007.
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