Eighteenth-Century Women Poets : Nation, Class, and Gender
This book examines the poems of three Englishwomen--washerwoman Mary Collier, middle-class feminist polemicist Mary Scott, Bristol milkwoman Ann Yearsley, and Scottish dairywoman from Ayrshire, Janet Little. It questions how national identity might have influenced gender and class affiliations, and, reciprocally, how gender might have determined a nationalist impulse, particularly as it played out during the revolutionary period (1770-1800) in which most of the texts were written.
- Paperback | 164 pages
- 147.57 x 226.06 x 11.18mm | 236g
- 16 Nov 1995
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
"I most admire this book's combination of a learned understanding of eighteenth-century British culture with a keen political astuteness and a sensitivity to the literary historical problems presented by working with women writers in the period. Ferguson brings her subjects alive through a judicious use of biographical and cultural contexts." -- Donna Landry, Wayne State University "It is a lively and engaging book which will be of crucial interest to both eighteenth-century scholars and students of women's literature. It is based on exemplary research, both bringing to light previously undocumented texts, and providing fresh contexts for other still relatively underdiscussed texts." -- Adela Pinch, University of Michigan
About Moira Ferguson
Moira Ferguson is James E. Ryan Chair in English and Women's Literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her recent publications include Subject to Others: British Women Writers and Colonial Slavery 1678-1834; Colonial and Gender Relations from Mary Wollstonecraft to Jamaica Kincaid; and Jamaica Kincaid: Where the Land Meets the Body.