Praying: Felicia Hemans at Third Sight

  • Nikki Hessell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


Hessell intervenes in critical debates about Felicia Hemans’s poetry in a global context by considering the impact of indigenous print culture and translation on her colonial reception. The chapter analyses three Māori translations of Hemans’s poem “The Hour of Prayer” as part of a wider discussion of prayer, Christianity, and conversion efforts in nineteenth-century Aotearoa New Zealand. Hessell’s reading resituates “The Hour of Prayer” in its original publication context to show how it partakes in Hemans’s wider and more overt discussions of faith and the colonised world.


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  • Nikki Hessell
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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