© 1998

Romantic Visualities

Landscape, Gender and Romanticism

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Jacqueline M. Labbe
    Pages 149-184
  3. Jacqueline M. Labbe
    Pages 185-186
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 187-222

About this book


Romantic Visualities offers a culturally informed understanding of the literary significance of landscape in the Romantic period. Labbe argues that the Romantic period associated the prospect view with the masculine ideal, simultaneously fashioning the detailed point of view as feminised. An interdisciplinary study, it discusses the cultural construction of gender as defined through landscape viewing, and investigates property law, aesthetic tracts, conduct books, travel narratives, artistic theory, and the work of Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, Charlotte Smith, Ann Francis, Dorothy Wordsworth and others.


Coleridge gender law Narrative Romanticism Wordsworth

About the authors

JACQUELINE M. LABBE studied for her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and has been a Lecturer in Romantic-period Literature at the University of Sheffield since 1995. From 1993 to 1995 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, USA. An active researcher on the confluence of gender, culture and literature, Dr Labbe has published in Genre, The Wordsworth Circle, Women's Writing, and several edited anthologies.

Bibliographic information


'...discriminating study.' - Mary A. Favret, Romanticism

'Labbe makes the necessary critical landscape of detail an intriguing place, particularly when exploring its more seculed corners. Her study illustrates that the Romantic landscape is as fractured and various as other aspects of Romantic discourse, shedding new light both on more canonical figures and their less well-known female contemporaries.' - Fiona Price, British Association for Romantic Studies & Review

'Labbe makes illuminating distinctions between the different men who used the prospect view in their poetry, as well as between men and woment writers...a significant addition to the current effort to rehistoricise Romanticism by considering the political implications of aesthetic discourse...Romantic Visualities is a valuable contribution to a properly nuanced and contextualised feminist history of writing.' Tim Fulford, Romanticism On the Net