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The Romantic Poetess
European Culture, Politics, and Gender, 1820-1840
Patrick Vincent

Becoming Modern: New Nineteenth-Century Studies

New Hampshire
2004 • 296 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism / Women's Studies

$29.95 Paperback, 978-1-58465-431-5

“[A] useful multinational study. . . [a] valuable and interesting consideration of women of this period writing in Britain, France, and Russia."Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

An elegant and provocative study of the literary and political effects of the work of romantic poetesses in England, France, and Russia.

Elegiac Muses is the first general introduction to the poetry, culture, and politics of the romantic poetess in Europe. Between 1820 and 1840, a sisterhood of artists throughout Europe, including Felicia Hemans and Letitia Landon in England, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Delphine Gay, and Amable Tastu in France, and Evdokia Rostopchina and Karolina Pavlova in Russia, produced gendered, sentimental poetry, which shared a common political aspiration. Following in the footsteps of Germaine de Staël (and her heroine Corinne, 1807), these women wrote to foster sympathy and facilitate the development of a liberal, internationalist culture, identifying with writers from other countries, imagining their “civilizing mission” as collective and universal.

From a new, comparative perspective, Patrick Vincent nimbly restores the unjustly debased image of the romantic poetess in this outstanding investigation of complex nineteenth-century intersections between femininity and writing, public and political aspirations, and literary commodification. Among the book’s noteworthy achievements is its establishment of the romantic poetess as an important figure in the emergence of the modern liberal state.

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“The Romantic Poetess offers a well-argued and convincing interpretation of the nexus of factors that marks the turning point in the poetess’ vitality.”—European Romantic Review

PATRICK H. VINCENT holds the chair in English and American Literature at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

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