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Fictions of Reciprocity in Jane Eyre and Aurora Leigh

Jill Rappoport

in Giving Women: Alliance and Exchange in Victorian Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199772605
eISBN:
9780199919000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772605.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

Longer narratives in prose and fiction elaborated on the communities that annuals constructed, depicting viable gift economies for women. Revising traditional readings of Jane Eyre (1847) and Aurora ... More


‘Unscrupulously Epic’

Isobel Hurst

in Victorian Women Writers and the Classics: The Feminine of Homer

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199283514
eISBN:
9780191712715
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199283514.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter emphasizes how Elizabeth Barrett Browning, a woman who was largely self-taught, successfully negotiated gender difficulties by choosing to concentrate on poetry rather than philological ... More


THE SCOPE OF NARRATIVE: AURORA LEIGH

Matthew Reynolds

in The Realms of Verse 1830-1870: English Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187127
eISBN:
9780191719066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187127.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter begins by discussing that the Brownings felt a diffuse similarity between the ‘liberty...through union’ which they have achieved in marriage, and the liberty through union which they ... More


‘Ill-lodged in a woman’s breast’: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and the Woman’s Heart

Kirstie Blair

in Victorian Poetry and the Culture of the Heart

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199273942
eISBN:
9780191706592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199273942.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Gender was central to accounts of heart disease given that women's hearts were generally supposed to be weaker and more emotionally vulnerable than those of men. This chapter examines the gendered ... More


Dissenting Forms: The Brownings

Kirstie Blair

in Form and Faith in Victorian Poetry and Religion

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199644506
eISBN:
9780191741593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644506.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

Chapter 4 focuses on Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with a particular concentration on two major works of the 1850s, Christmas-Eve and Aurora Leigh. It argues that the dissenting, ... More


Amours de Voyage

Stefanie Markovits

in The Victorian Verse-Novel: Aspiring to Life

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780198718864
eISBN:
9780191788314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198718864.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Poetry

Chapter 4, “Amours de Voyage: The Verse-Novel and European Travel,” reflects on the expansive generic geography of the form. Like the influential ur-text Don Juan, almost all verse-novels exhibit ... More


The ‘English Poetess’ and Aurora Leigh

Alison Chapman

in Networking the Nation: British and American Women's Poetry and Italy, 1840–1870

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198723578
eISBN:
9780191790386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723578.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Women's Literature

This chapter charts the formation of the ‘English Poetess’ in the British periodicals, and argues that despite its overt patriotism its construction always embedded a foreignness within the term that ... More


‘Your Fourier’s Failed’: Networks of Affect and Anti-Socialist Meaning in Aurora Leigh

Eric Hood

in Women's Literary Networks and Romanticism: "A Tribe of Authoresses"

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781786940605
eISBN:
9781786945136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781786940605.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter traces the affective forces at work in Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s representation of utopian socialist Charles Fourier in Aurora Leigh (1855).  In Barrett Browning’s verse-novel, ... More


Spirit Hands: Writing, Spiritualism, and Political Agency

Alison Chapman

in Networking the Nation: British and American Women's Poetry and Italy, 1840–1870

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780198723578
eISBN:
9780191790386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723578.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Women's Literature

Barrett Browning’s experimentation with spiritualism, this chapter argues, is intrinsically connected to her poetry and her politics. The séances in particular that feature a writing hand, or writing ... More


Aurora Leigh: Expressing the Old Scripture

Daniel Karlin

in The Figure of the Singer

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199213986
eISBN:
9780191803314
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199213986.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Aurora Leigh, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s novel in verse, with emphasis on the primary figure of song and its relation to the central character’s self-discovery as a poet as ... More


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