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From School to Salon : Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry - Mary Loeffelholz

From School to Salon

Reading Nineteenth-Century American Women's Poetry

Paperback Published: 8th August 2004
ISBN: 9780691049403
Number Of Pages: 288

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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.

"This groundbreaking study will no doubt prove influential in shaping critical discourse to come."--Faith Barrett, Legacy "From School to Salon is exemplary in the clarity with which it both furnishes neglected poets with layered cultural contexts and puts them to use in patient, level-headed unteasings of individual poems... [The book] is full of shrewd, timely judgments and riveting acts of attention."--Debra Fried, New England Quarterly

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction
The Objects of Recoveryp. 1
Prodigy and Teacher; or, Poetry in the Domestic-Tutelary Complexp. 11
Who Killed Lucretia Davidson?p. 13
The School of Lydia Sigourneyp. 32
Lessons of the Sphinx: Poetry and Cultural Capital in Abolition and Reconstructionp. 65
Poetry, Slavery, Personificationp. 67
A Difference in the Vernacular: The Reconstruction Poetry of Francesp. 94
The Conquest of Autonomyp. 129
"Plied from Nought to Nought"p. 131
Metropolitan Pastoral: The Salon Poetry of Annie Fieldsp. 162
Conclusion
The Sentiments of Recovery
Adrienne Rich and Nineteenth-Century Women's Culturep. 192
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780691049403
ISBN-10: 0691049408
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th August 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41