From school to salon : reading nineteenth-century American women's poetry

Mary Loeffelholz

With the transformation and expansion of the nineteenth-century American literary canon in the past two decades, the work of the era's American women poets has come to be widely anthologized. But scant scholarship has arisen to make full sense of it. From School to Salon responds to this glaring gap. Mary Loeffelholz presents the work of nineteenth-century women poets in the context of the history, culture, and politics of the times. She uses a series of case studies to discuss why the recovery of nineteenth-century women's poetry has been a process of anthologization without succeeding analysis. At the same time, she provides a much-needed account of the changing social contexts through which nineteenth-century American women became poets: initially by reading, reciting, writing, and publishing poetry in school, and later, by doing those same things in literary salons, institutions created by the high-culture movement of the day. Along the way, Loeffelholz provides detailed analyses of the poetry, much of which has received little or no recent critical attention. She focuses on the works of a remarkably diverse array of poets, including Lucretia Maria Davidson, Lydia Sigourney, Maria Lowell, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Emily Dickinson, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Annie Fields. Impeccably researched and gracefully written, From School to Salon moves the study of nineteenth-century women's poetry to a new and momentous level.

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  • Acknowledgments ix Introduction: The Objects of Recovery 1 I. Prodigy and Teacher
  • or, Poetry in the Domestic-Tutelary Complex 11 Chapter One: Who Killed Lucretia Davidson? 13 Chapter Two: The School of Lydia Sigourney 32 II. Lessons of the Sphinx: Poetry and Cultural Capital in Abolition and Reconstruction 65 Chapter Three: Poetry, Slavery, Personification: Maria Lowell's "Africa" 67 Chapter Four: A Difference in the Vernacular: The Reconstruction Poetry of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper 94 III. The Conquest of Autonomy 129 Chapter Five: "Plied from Nought to Nought": Helen Hunt Jackson and the Field of Emily Dickinson's Refusals 131 Chapter Six: Metropolitan Pastoral: The Salon Poetry of Annie Fields 162 Conclusion: The Sentiments of Recovery: Adrienne Rich and Nineteenth-Century Women's Culture 192 Notes 209 Index 267

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書名 From school to salon : reading nineteenth-century American women's poetry
著作者等 Loeffelholz, Mary
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 c2004
ページ数 xi, 275 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0691049408
NCID BA69611774
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国