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Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English
Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English

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Authors: Stephen Behrendt
Affiliation: George Holmes Distinguished University Professor of English at the University of Nebraska
Publication Year: Hardback March 2021
Pages: 614
Size: 234 x 156mm

ISBN: 9781782054474

This book offers a representative sampling of the still mostly unknown poetry by Romantic-era Irish women. It represents most of the period’s active poets by multiple (rather than only a few) works, demonstrating the diversity and the subject range of these four dozen or so poets over the 50-year period.

Although several of these poets appear (briefly) in Andrew Carpenter’s Verse in English from Eighteenth-Century Ireland, no comparable or competing collection exists. Anthologies of “British” poetry by Romantic-era women devote scant space to these poets, with the notable exception of Mary Tighe, despite their contemporary activity (and activism). This anthology suggests ways to situate these poets and their work within the broader historical, cultural and literary contexts of Irish writing, Romanticism, and nationalism, in all of which areas matters of gender and women’s cultural status remain important today. The book is important to several areas of literary and cultural study:1. Irish literature – especially poetry; 2. Women’s writing; 3. Romanticism, Romantics studies, and Irish Romanticism; 4. Cultural history, including women’s and gender studies. This substantial repository of these authors’ works includes resources to enable students, scholars, cultural historians and “general readers” to locate and consult the original complete published collections from which these samples are taken.

Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English is a rich treasure-trove of late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century Irish women’s poetry, some of it well known today, but much of it now overlooked. The anthology’s aims are ambitious and highly commendable, recovering to view and providing general access to an incredibly diverse range of poetry from writers across various political, religious, and socio-economic divides. The organisation of the collection chronologically by way of the production/publication dates of the verse itself allows stylistic and thematic patterns and differences to emerge, while simultaneously and organically highlighting the sheer variety of poetic forms and styles to which Irish women writers contributed in the period.
Christina Morin, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, University of Limerick

Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English is a timely and very welcome addition to the study of eighteenth and nineteenth century women’s writing in Ireland. The breadth of the collection is impressive, bringing to light many unknown writers alongside those whose names would be more familiar to scholars in the field. Indeed, this text will undoubtedly be used as a textbook for teaching in the area of women’s writing in the period both in my own classroom and many other for years to come. The editorial approach is both careful and generous, scholarly and unpretentious, in its treatment of its subjects.
Dr Lucy Cogan, Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Literature, School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin

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