A Critical Biography of Lady Jane Wilde, 1821?-1896: Irish Revolutionist, Humanist, Scholar and Poet (Women's Studies v. 34)
By: Karen Sasha Anthony Tipper (author)Hardback
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The focus of this study is upon a progressive woman whose broad erudition allowed her to write on a great variety of subjects. Her own life as a revolutionist and writer, and her writings about women should interest those in women's studies. As an Irish nationalist in a movement that had considerable influence on subsequent nationalist leaders like Arthur Griffin, her views in her revolutionary poems and articles are still pertinent.
Jane as nationalist: the spoilage of ancestral lands; mental subjugation; survival of the heritage; Protestant nationalism; words as weapons; Jane as political activist. Heroes. Daniel O'Connell - questionable hero. The young Irelanders: true heroes ("The Railway Article", the Sword Speech, and the Secession); the Irish Confederation. A failed insurrection. Speranza and "The Nation" - revolutionist, humanist. Speranza and the great famine. The poet as teacher: selections for Irish children; Thomas Moore; Philip James Bailey; Wordsworth; Tennyson; the vision of the Vatican. Jane as teacher - an analysis of her poetry. Early scholarship: Jean Paul Richter; Calderon; Charles Kean as King Richard. Later scholarship: world leaders; Lord Lytton; Disraeli and "Endymion". Jane as progressive woman: the bondage of woman; American women. Women writers: Miss Martineau; George Eliot; Lady Blessington. The role of women: Venus Victrix; the suitability of dress; social graces. Marriage with a genius: genius and marriage; Stella and Vanessa; spiritual affinity. William Wilde - an ideal husband: marriage; William Wilde - versatile genius; surgeon oculist in ordinary to the queen; unconventional nature of genius. A life of sorrow.
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