Focusing on the period from 1770 to 1830, this collection deploys recent thinking on women in the romantic period to define an agenda which will shape studies in this area into the next century. Investigating issues of class and gender, imperalism ...
and gender identity, and gender and genre, the essays range widely over women and women's affairs during the period, and include pieces on such important writers as Emily Dickinson, Letitia Landon, and Anna Letitia Barbauld. Recent developments in the theory and practice of feminist literary criticism are used to reassess the literature of the period, and to interrogate the notion of romanticism, both as a conceptual model and as a period bounded by dates and geographical restrictions. As a whole, the volume raises questions about gendered romanticism in America, about the surge of romantic poetics in mid-century, and about the appropriation of gendered romanticism by fin-de-siècle writers. Dr ANNE JANOWITZteaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. Contributors: GARY KELLY, MARY FAVRET, WILLIAM KEACH, JOSEPHINE MCDONAGH, SONIA HOFKOSH, EMMA FRANCIS, DARIA DONNELLY, BRIDGET BENNETT, IRA LIVINGSTON