"Poem[s] of a new class": women poets and the late Victorian verse novel

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dc.contributor.author MacFarlane, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-30T20:09:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-04-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/10807
dc.description.abstract Because of its importance in the history of the verse novel and the history of women’s writing, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh (1856) has overshadowed the works of other female verse novelists in Victorian studies scholarship. By focusing on non-canonical works by four understudied women poets writing in the late nineteenth century— Augusta Webster’s “Lota” (1867), Violet Fane’s Denzil Place: A Story in Verse (1875), Emily Pfeiffer’s The Rhyme of the Lady of the Rock, and How It Grew (1884), and Emily Hickey’s “Michael Villiers, Idealist” (1891)—this dissertation expands our understanding of both women’s poetry and the verse novel in the Victorian period. It demonstrates that the genre was taken up in multiple ways after Aurora Leigh by women poets who, like EBB, addressed urgent and controversial social and political issues—such as parliamentary enfranchisement, adultery, marital rape, political sovereignty and land use in the Scottish Highlands, as well as socialism and the Irish Question— through inventive and complex generic combinations. This dissertation does not outline a teleological development of genre but, rather, recovers works through case studies that offer microhistories of verse novels at particular historical moments in order to expand the canon and definition of the Victorian verse novel. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Victorian poetry en_US
dc.subject verse novel en_US
dc.subject Augusta Webster en_US
dc.subject Violet Fane en_US
dc.subject Emily Pfeiffer en_US
dc.subject Emily Hickey en_US
dc.subject Elizabeth Barrett Browning en_US
dc.subject women poets en_US
dc.subject poetics en_US
dc.subject narratology en_US
dc.subject feminism en_US
dc.subject politics en_US
dc.title "Poem[s] of a new class": women poets and the late Victorian verse novel en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Chapman, Alison
dc.contributor.supervisor Surridge, Lisa A.
dc.degree.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2020-04-25

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