A Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 1. Aufl.
This broad-ranging Companion offers readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry in all its rich variety. Provides an up-to-date and wide-ranging guide to eighteenth-century poetry Reflects the dramatic transformation which has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades Opens with a section on contexts, discussing poetry’s relationships with patriotism, politics, science, and the visual arts, for example Discusses poetry by male and female poets from all walks of life Includes numerous close readings of individual poems, ranging from Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to Mary Collier’s The Woman’s Labour Includes more provocative contributions on subjects such as rural poetry and the self-taught tradition, British poetry 'beyond the borders', the constructions of femininity, women as writers and women as readers. Designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology, 3rd edition (Wiley Blackwell, 2014)
Notes on Contributors ix Acknowledgments xv Introduction 1Christine Gerrard PART I Contexts and Perspectives 5 1 Poetry, Politics, and the Rise of Party 7Christine Gerrard 2 Poetry, Politics, and Empire 23Suvir Kaul 3 Poetry and Science 38Clark Lawlor 4 Poetry and Religion 53Emma Mason 5 Poetic Enthusiasm 69John D. Morillo 6 Poetry and the Visual Arts 83Robert Jones 7 Poetry, Popular Culture, and the Literary Marketplace 97George Justice 8 Women Poets and Their Writing in Eighteenth-Century Britain 111Charlotte Grant 9 Poetry, Sentiment, and Sensibility 127Jennifer Keith PART II Readings 143 10 John Gay, The Shepherd's Week 145Mina Gorji 11 Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock and "Eloisa to Abelard" 157Valerie Rumbold 12 Jonathan Swift, the "Stella" Poems 170Ros Ballaster 13 Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Six Town Eclogues and Other Poems 184Isobel Grundy 14 James Thomson, The Seasons 197Christine Gerrard 15 Stephen Duck, The Thresher's Labour, and Mary Collier, The Woman's Labour 209John Goodridge 16 Mary Leapor, "Crumble-Hall" 223David Fairer 17 Mark Akenside, The Pleasures of Imagination 237Adam Rounce 18 Samuel Johnson, London and The Vanity of Human Wishes 252David F. Venturo 19 William Collins, "Ode on the Poetical Character" 265John Sitter 20 Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard 277Suvir Kaul 21 Christopher Smart, Jubilate Agno 290Chris Mounsey 22 Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village, and George Crabbe, The Village 303Caryn Chaden 23 William Cowper, The Task 316Freya Johnston 24 Robert Burns, "Tam o' Shanter" 329Murray Pittock PART III Forms and Genres 339 25 Rhyming Couplets and Blank Verse 341Richard Bradford 26 Epic and Mock-Heroic 356Richard Terry 27 Verse Satire 369Brean Hammond 28 The Ode 386Margaret M. Koehler 29 The Georgic 403Juan Christian Pellicer 30 The Verse Epistle 417Bill Overton PART IV Themes and Debates 429 31 The Constructions of Femininity 431Kathryn R. King 32 Whig and Tory Poetics 444Abigail Williams 33 The Classical Inheritance 458David Hopkins 34 Augustanism and Pre-Romanticism 473Thomas Woodman 35 Recovering the Past: Shakespeare, Spenser, and British Poetic Tradition 486Carolyn D. Williams 36 The Pleasures and Perils of the Imagination 500Paul Baines 37 The Sublime 515Shaun Irlam 38 Poetry and the City 534Markman Ellis 39 Cartography and the Poetry of Place 549Rachel Crawford 40 Rural Poetry and the Self-Taught Tradition 563Bridget Keegan 41 Poetry Beyond the English Borders 577Gerard Carruthers Index 590
Christine Gerrard is Fellow and Tutor in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. She is the author of The Patriot Opposition to Walpole: Politics, Poetry, and National Myth, 1725–1742 (1994), Aaron Hill: The Muses' Projector, 1685–1750 (2003) and editor of The Complete Correspondence of Samuel Richardson. vol. 1 (2013). She is the co-editor, with David Fairer, of Eighteenth-Century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, third edition, 2014).
This wide-ranging Companion reflects the dramatic transformation that has taken place in the study of eighteenth-century poetry over the past two decades. New essays by leading scholars in the field address an expanded poetic canon that now incorporates verse by many women poets and other formerly marginalized poetic voices. The volume engages with topical critical debates such as the production and consumption of literary texts, the constructions of femininity, sentiment and sensibility, enthusiasm, politics and aesthetics, and the growth of imperialism. The Companion opens with a section on contexts, considering eighteenth-century poetry’s relationships with such topics as party politics, religion, science, the visual arts, and the literary marketplace. A series of close readings of specific poems follows, ranging from familiar texts such as Pope’s The Rape of the Lock to slightly less well-known works such as Swift’s “Stella” poems and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s Town Eclogues. Essays on forms and genres, and a series of more provocative contributions on significant themes and debates, complete the volume. The Companion gives readers a thorough grounding in both the background and the substance of eighteenth-century poetry, and is designed to be used alongside David Fairer and Christine Gerrard’s Eighteenth-century Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell, second edition, 2004).
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