Nineteenth-Century American Women Poets Revisited

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Book Chapter


English (Scripps)

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American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Women's Studies


From the introduction to the reader:

"Cheryl Walker's article surveys the development of criticism on nineteenth-century American women's poetry and elaborates a more complex way to envision that work. Organizing the poetry into the four major categories of 'the early nationals,' 'the American romantics,' 'the realists,' and 'the moderns,' Walker accomplishes the important work of reconnecting female writing with male writing, while she underscores the participation of many poets in more than one domain. At the same time that she highlights some of the women poets whose work stands outside of her classifications, such as Frances Harper and Pauline Johnson, she acknowledges the incompleteness of such categories and hence invites us toward yet another reconceptualization of the field, acknowledging...the necessarily developmental, accretive, and cooperative nature of this critical reconceptualization."

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