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The Political Poetess: Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres

Tricia Lootens


This book challenges familiar accounts of the figure of the nineteenth-century Poetess, offering new readings of Poetess performance and criticism. In performing the Poetry of Woman, the mythic Poetess has long staked her claims as a creature of “separate spheres”—one exempt from emerging readings of nineteenth-century women's political poetics. Turning such assumptions on their heads, this book models a nineteenth-century domestic or private sphere whose imaginary, apolitical heart is also the heart of nation and empire, and, as revisionist histories increasingly attest, is traumatized and ha ... More

Keywords: slavery, Poetess, political poetics, separate spheres, private sphere, Julia Ward Howe, Emma Lazarus, Black Poetess, Virginia Woolf, Poetess performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691170312
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691170312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tricia Lootens, author
University of Georgia