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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture : Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poe's Circle Series Number 144 - Eliza Richards

Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture

Gender and the Poetics of Reception in Poe's Circle Series Number 144


Published: 1st October 2004
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Poe is frequently portrayed as an isolated idiosyncratic genius who was unwilling or unable to adapt himself to the cultural conditions of his time. Eliza Richards revises this portrayal through an exploration of his collaborations and rivalries with his female contemporaries. Richards demonstrates that he staged his performance of tortured isolation in the salons and ephemeral publications of New York City in conjunction with prominent women poets whose work sought to surpass. She introduces and interprets the work of three important and largely forgotten women poets: Frances Sargent Osgood, Sarah Helen Whitman, and Elizabeth Oakes Smith. Richards re-evaluates the work of these writers, and of nineteenth-century lyric practices more generally, by examining poems in the context of their circulation and reception within nineteenth-century print culture. This book will be of interest to scholars of American print culture as well as specialists of nineteenth-century literature and poetry.

'... meticulously researched. Richards has drawn together an impressive amount of detail about the social networks and gendered values of the literary marketplace governing the transmission of poetry in nineteenth-century America. ... the book will appeal broadly to beginning as well as advanced readers in gender studies, women's literary history and American cultural studies.' Journal of American Studies

Note on texts used
List of abbreviations
âÇ The poetessâÇÖ the PoeâÇÖs performance of the feminine
Frances Sargent Osgood, Salon poetry, and the erotic voice print
Sarah Helen Whitman, spiritualist poetics, and the âÇ Phantom VoiceâÇÖ of Poe
Elizabeth Oakes SmithâÇÖs âÇ Unspeakable EloquenceâÇÖ; Coda: the ravenâÇÖs return
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ISBN: 9780521832816
ISBN-10: 0521832810
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55