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An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women's Poetry from France

Editor(s): Gretchen Schultz

Pages: xl & 368 pp.
Published: 2008
ISBN: 9781603290296 (paperback)

"This well-documented bilingual anthology, with a wide range of translation styles, is a first-rate pedagogical tool."

"The selections in the volume are excellent and . . . will appeal to contemporary tastes. Indeed, most of the translations represent the most careful, critical reading they have ever received."
Marilyn Gaddis Rose, Binghamton University

Women poets in nineteenth-century France made important contributions to major stylistic innovations—from the birth of elegiac Romanticism to the inauguration of free verse—and many were prominent in their lifetime, yet only a few are known today, and nearly all have been unavailable in English translation. Of the fourteen poets of this anthology some were wealthy, others struggled in poverty; some were socially conventional, others were cynical or defiant. Their poems range widely in style and idea, from Romantic to Parnassian to symbolist.

Gretchen Schultz, author of The Gendered Lyric: Subjectivity and Difference in Nineteenth-Century French Poetry, provides literary history and biographical notes to show the crucial role women played in nineteenth-century French poetry and to explain why they were criticized and—in the creation of the canon—often eclipsed.

The translators are Anne Atik, Michael Bishop, Mary Ann Caws, Melanie Hawthorne, J. S. A. Lowe, Rosemary Lloyd, Laurence Porter, Christopher Rivers, Gretchen Schultz, Patricia Terry, and Rosanna Warren.

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