Felicia Hemans

Reimagining Poetry in the Nineteenth Century

  • Nanora Sweet
  • Julie Melnyk

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction: Why Hemans Now?

    1. Nanora Sweet, Julie Melnyk
      Pages 1-15
  3. Readings: The Woman’s Voices, the Poet’s Choices

  4. Reception: The (Re)Making of the Woman Poet

  5. Contexts: Cultures of Romance, Histories of Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-242

About this book


This collection of twelve specially commissioned essays, the first to focus on the work of Felicia Hemans, includes new work from important critics in the field - Isobel Armstrong, Stephen Behrendt, Gary Kelly, Susan Wolfson - as well as contributions from emerging scholars. Offering close readings of Heman's poetry, new research on her reception, and analyses of her cultural significance, the collection contributes substantially to our understanding of Hemans and to current debates about romanticism, feminism, canonization, and the relations between gender, culture, and poetry.

Editors and affiliations

  • Nanora Sweet
    • 1
  • Julie Melnyk
    • 2
  1. 1.English and Women’s and Gender StudiesUniversity of Missouri — St LouisUSA
  2. 2.Central Methodist CollegeFayetteUSA

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