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Women's Place in Pope's World : Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a - Valerie Rumbold

Women's Place in Pope's World

Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2006
ISBN: 9780521363082
Number Of Pages: 336

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How was Alexander Pope's personal experience of women transformed into poetry, and how in turn did he and his writing figure in the lives of the women he wrote about? How characteristic of his age was Pope's attitude towards women? What exactly was the role in his life of individual women such as his mother, Patty Blount and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu? Valerie Rumbold's is the first full-length study of these important issues. Making use of previously little-known manuscripts, she focuses both on Pope's own life and art, and on early eighteenth-century assumptions about women and gender. She offers readings of some of the well-known poems in which women feature prominently, and follows Pope's response throughout his writings in general. his own alienation from the dominant culture (through religion, politics and physical handicap), and his troubled fascination with certain kinds of women, make this subject complex and compelling, with wide implications. Dr Rumbold brings to light new information, and shows how the women with whom Pope dealt can themselves be seen as individuals with presence and dignity.

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List of plates
Assumptions and ironies
Women at home
Reigning beauties
Rebellious sympathies
A choice of sisters
Female wit
Headstrong duchesses
Victims of state
'I love you upon unalterable principles'
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ISBN: 9780521363082
ISBN-10: 052136308X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Eighteenth-Century English Literature a
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 30th April 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64

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