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.
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 Index