Women's Poetry (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature)

Women's Poetry (Edinburgh Critical Guides to Literature)

By: Jo Gill (author), Andy Mousley (editor), Martin Halliwell (editor)Paperback

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This guide examines the production and reception of poetry by a range of women writers - predominantly although not exclusively writing in English - from Sappho through Anne Bradstreet and Emily Bronte to Sylvia Plath, Eavan Boland and Susan Howe. Women's Poetry offers a thoroughgoing thematic study of key texts, poets and issues, analysing commonalities and differences across diverse writers, periods, and forms. The book is alert, throughout, to the diversity of women's poetry. Close readings of selected texts are combined with a discussion of key theories and critical practices, and students are encouraged to think about women's poetry in the light of debates about race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and regional and national identity. The book opens with a chronology followed by a comprehensive Introduction which outlines various approaches to reading women's poetry. Seven chapters follow, and a Conclusion and section of useful resources close the book. Key Features * Wide-ranging and flexible in scope, giving detailed consideration to widely-taught poets, texts, periods and issues * Introduces themes, questions and perspectives applicable to the work of other less familiar writers * Encourages informed discussion of the difficulties of defining a discrete genre of 'women's poetry' * Offers valuable introductory and supplementary guidance for students * Discusses in detail poems by Margaret Cavendish, Anne Bradstreet, Sara Coleridge, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, Edith Sitwell, Amy Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Ruth Fainlight, Grace Nicholls, Eavan Boland, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay and Carol Ann Duffy.

About Author

Jo Gill is Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at The University of Exeter. Author of Anne Sexton: Confessional Poetry and Contemporary Poetics (forthcoming, University of Florida Press). Editor of Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays (forthcoming, Routledge, 2005) and The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath (Cambridge UP, forthcoming, 2005).


Acknowledgments; Chronology; Preface; Introduction:; A Feminist Framework; Critical Perspectives; Anthologies; Readers and Writers; Androgyny; Chapter 1: Self-Reflexivity; Poetic Daring; Poetic Inspiration; Poetic Relationships; Poetic Form; A Theory of Self-Reflexivity; Chapter 2: Performance; Self Exposure; Theatrics; Role-Play; Slam Poetry; Chapter 3: Private Voices; Separate Spheres; The Lyric; Poetic Convention; Privacy in History; 'I could not find a privacy': Emily Dickinson; Chapter 4: Embodied Language; Objects / Subjects; Writing the Body; Desire: Christina Rossetti; Creativity and Femininity; Chapter 5: Public Speech; Authority; The Romantic Movement; Oppression; War; Speech; Chapter 6: Poetry and Place; Borders; Borderland Britain; Specificities of Place: Elizabeth Bishop; Chapter 7: Experimentation and Form; Mythology and Fairytale; Modernist Experimentation: Marianne Moore; Contemporary Avant-Garde Poetics; Conclusion; Student Resources:; Critical Contexts; Studying Poetry; Close Reading; Writing about Poetry; Web Resources; Glossary; Guide to Further Reading; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780748623068
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780748623068
  • ISBN10: 074862306X

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