© 1999

Women’s Poetry, Late Romantic to Late Victorian

Gender and Genre, 1830–1900

  • Isobel Armstrong
  • Virginia Blain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Changing Genres and Codes across the Century: Ways of Theorizing Women’s Poetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Isobel Armstrong
      Pages 3-32
    3. Cheryl Walker
      Pages 33-49
    4. Yopie Prins
      Pages 50-67
  3. The Market and the Poetess: Commercial and Aesthetic Value

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Paula R. Feldman
      Pages 71-101
    3. Cynthia Lawford
      Pages 102-114
    4. Linda H. Peterson
      Pages 115-132
  4. Lesbian Poetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. Virginia Blain
      Pages 135-163
    3. Robert P. Fletcher
      Pages 164-182
    4. Emma Francis
      Pages 183-204
  5. Colonial Poetics, National Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 205-205
    2. Meenakshi Mukherjee
      Pages 207-229
    3. Edward Marx
      Pages 230-242
    4. Tricia Lootens
      Pages 243-260
  6. Remaking Discourses — Grotesque, Devotional, Patriotic, Scientific

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Cynthia Scheinberg
      Pages 263-291
    3. Kathryn Burlinson
      Pages 292-312

About this book


The first collection to make a comprehensive study of nineteenth-century women's poetry from late Romantic to late Victorian 'new woman' writers. Eighteen essays consider the gendered codes and genres developed by sophisticated poets. The feminine subject and marketing, a woman's tradition, lesbian desire, war, race, colonial experience, religion and science are themes of the collection, featuring, as well as the familiar Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, other poets such as 'L.E.L.', Felicia Hemans, Amy Levy and Augusta Webster.


gender poem poet poetics poetry Romanticism women

Editors and affiliations

  • Isobel Armstrong
    • 1
  • Virginia Blain
    • 2
  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonUK
  2. 2.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

About the editors

KATHRYN BURLINSON Lecturer in English and Drama, University of Southampton PAULA R. FELDMAN Professor of English, University of South Carolina ROBERT P. FLETCHER Assistant Professor of English, West Chester University EMMA FRANCIS Lecturer in English and Feminist Theory, University of Warwick GILL GREGORY Lecturer in Adult and Higher Education, London HELEN GROTH Lecturer, University of Melbourne KATHLEEN HICKOK Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department, Iowa State University CYNTHIA LAWFORD is currently writing a critical biography of Letitia Elizabeth Landon for her doctoral dissertation at the City University of New York LINDA MARSHALL has just retired as Associate Professor of English from the University of Guelph, Canada EDWARD MARX is currently working on a critical biography of Laurence Hope MENAKSHEE MUKHERJEE LINDA H. PETERSON Professor and Chairman of English, Yale University YOPIE PRINS Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Michigan CYNTHIA SCHEINBERG Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mills College, Oakland, California CHERYL WALKER Richard Armour Professor of Modern Languages, Scripps College, Claremont, California.

Bibliographic information


'Another important work on Victorian women writers...' - Years Work in English Studies