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Recovering Christina Rossetti : Female Community and Incarnational Poetics - Mary Arseneau

Recovering Christina Rossetti

Female Community and Incarnational Poetics

Hardcover Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780333683958
Number Of Pages: 227

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This book re-conceives Christina Rossetti's poetic identity by exposing the androcentric bias inherent in the histories of the Rossetti family and of Pre-Raphaelitism, by turning new attention to the Rossetti women, and by reconstituting a female and religious community for Rossetti's writing. Drawing on extensive archival research, Mary Arseneau investigates how Rossetti's religious faith sustains her poetic practice and authorizes her cultural and aesthetic critique; the result is a re-evaluation and re-contextualization of the whole range of Rossetti's writing.

'This is an impressive book: carefully researched, beautifully written, and eloquently argued. It will be an important contribution to studies in Victorian women's poetry and, more generally, Victorian literature and culture.' - Dr Alison Chapman, Department of English Literature, University of Glasgow

'Acknowledging her debt to feminist scholarship on Christina Rossetti in the introduction, Mary Arseneau announces her ambition to extend and revise aspects of the Victorian poet's familial, theological and literary heritage. Recovering Christina Rossetti owes its existence to Arseneau's wish to go beyond the usual conclusion that Rossetti's expression is at its best when she challenges and transgresses the strictures and boundaries of her patriarchal religious faith.' - Elisabeth Lamothe, Cercles Reviews

List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
Biography and Bias: Envisaging a Female Community
Recovering a Literary Community
'But I have said enough': Maude and the Poetics of Reserve
Goblin Market and Other Poems
Interpreting The Prince's Progress
'Had such a lady spoken for herself': Confronting the Legacy
Selected Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780333683958
ISBN-10: 0333683951
Series: Women Writers
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 227
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1