Women’s Poetry in the Enlightenment

The Making of a Canon, 1730–1820

  • Isobel Armstrong
  • Virginia Blain

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. The Sensuous Eighteenth Century: Minds and Bodies

  3. The Feminist Political Project

  4. Protest and Patronage

  5. Remaking Genres and Subjectivities

  6. Finale: A Female Canon?

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 216-226

About this book


This collection of twelve critical essays on women's poetry of the eighteenth century and enlightenment is the first to range widely over individual poets and to undertake a comprehensive exploration of their work. Experiment with genre and form, the poetics of the body, the politics of gender, revolutionary critique, and patronage, are themes of the collection, which includes discussions of the distinctive projects of Mary Leapor, Ann Yearsley, Helen Maria Williams, Joanna Baillie, Charlotte Smith, Anna Barbauld and Lucy Aikin.


gender poet poetics poetry Romanticism women

Editors and affiliations

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

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