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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

About the editors

STUART CURRAN Vartan Gregorian Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania MARGARET ANN DOODY Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Humanities and Professor of English, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee ELIZABETH EGER Research Student, King's College, Cambridge MAGGIE FAVRETTI teaches at Scarsdale High School, New York City LISA A. FREEMAN Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago ISOBEL GRUNDY Henry Marshall Tory Professor, English Department, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada JUDITH HAWLEY Lecturer in English, Royal Holloway, University of London ANNE MELLOR Professor of English and Women's Studies, UCLA ROGER SALES Professor of English Literature, School of English and American Studies, University of East Anglia and also Dean of the School DAVID E. SHOTTLETON Lecturer, English Department, University of Wales, Aberystwyth MARY WALDRON lectures part-time for the Department of Continuing Education, University of Essex.

Bibliographic information


' Women's Poetry in the Enlightenment the variety of subject and approach are a strength. The essays...add much to our understanding of the distinctive nature of women's writing.' - Lisa Vargo, Romanticism

'A stimulating collection of essays.' - British Association for Romantic Studies Bulletin and Review