Authorial Vocation and Literary Innovation, 1850–1851

  • Robin Schofield


This chapter examines Sara Coleridge’s dialogic methods of composition in her ‘Introduction’ to STC’s Essays on His Own Times, in which she argues for a Christian system of political economy. The chapter then discusses the unpublished Dialogues on Regeneration. Schofield analyses Sara Coleridge’s innovative appropriation of Socratic dialogue: how liberal inclusivity is enacted in the form of her work, and how a predominantly genial tone represents its thematic ethic. Referring in detail to her presentation of women characters in Dialogues, the chapter explores her construction of gender in relation to prevailing sectarian assumptions and differing forms of religious experience. Sara Coleridge’s use of didactic poetry in Dialogues is examined, and is considered in relation to both her religious aesthetics and her prioritization of ‘practical Christianity’.


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