Janowitz, Anne

Anne Janowitz is Professor of Romantic Poetry in the School of English & Drama, Queen Mary, University of London. She was educated at Reed College, St. Anne’s College, and Stanford University. She worked at City Lights Books, San Francisco, and has held academic positions at Smith College, Brandeis University, Rutgers University and the University of Warwick. She has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, an Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellow, and a British Academy Senior Research Fellow. She is the author of England’s Ruins: Poetic Purpose and the National Landscape (1990) and Lyric and Labour in the Romantic Tradition (1998).

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Women Romantic Poets


A study of the lives and works of Anna Barbauld and Mary Robinson, with particular attention to them as London poets, and in the context of political and cultural radicalism in the Age of Romanticism

Description: The aim of this book is to introduce readers to the lives and works of Anna Barbauld and Mary Robinson, two of the most influential women poets of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Along with Wordsworth and Coleridge and Southey, they defined the themes of romantic poetry, exploring the self and the relation of self to society and nature; and they made immense claims for the power of poetry as a way of both knowing and changing the world. Both poets flourished in the politically and culturally radical atmosphere of London. As a Dissenter, Anna Barbauld was part of the London intelligentsia that welcomed the French Revolution. Robinson, a Drury Lane actress and friend of the radical Whig aristocracy, made London her stage, and her poetry became a fixture for the reading public, as she wrote for and edited the poetry page of the Morning Post. This study examines the poetry of Barbauld and Robinson in relation to their own life histories and to the upheavals of the age.

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Author: Janowitz, Anne


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