The Muses of Resistance: Laboring-Class Women's Poetry in Britain, 1739-1796

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Cambridge University Press, 1990 - 325 pÓgines
In this challenging 1990 study, Donna Landry shows how an understanding of the remarkable but neglected careers of laboring-class women poets in the eighteenth century provokes a reassessment of our ideas concerning the literature of the period. Poets such as the washerwoman Mary Collier, the milkwoman Ann Yearsley, the domestic servants Mary Leapor and Elizabeth Hands, the dairywoman Janet Little, and the slave Phyllis Wheatley can be seen adapting the conventions of polite verse for the purposes of social criticism. Some of their strategies relate to earlier texts, revealing ideological blind spots in the tropes of male poets. Elsewhere, they made interesting innovations in poetic form. Mary Leapor's 'Crumble Hall', for instance, by attending to sexual politics, extends the critique of aristocratic privilege in the country-house poem beyond that of Pope and Crabbe. In Ann Yearsley's verse, landscape description, historical narrative, and philosophical meditation are infused with political comment. Historically important, technically impressive and often aesthetically innovative, the poetic achievements of these plebeian women writers constitute an exciting literary discovery.

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the discourse of workingwomens verse
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some problems in feminist literary
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An English Sappho brilliant young and dead? Mary Leapor laughs
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bourgeois subject?
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The pleasures of the text with a vengeance
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Domesticating the political and the politics of domesticity
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the two Elizabeths
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the marginality of cultural difference
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revolutions that as yet have no model
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Notes
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Index
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