An Anthology of Nineteenth-century Women's Poetry from France: In English Translation, with French Text

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Gretchen Schultz
Modern Language Association of America, Jan 1, 2008 - Poetry - 367 pages
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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. 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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Contents

Révolutions and Interiority
3
Son image The Image
10
Létrangère The Stranger
17
Une plume de femme A Womans Pen
24
Jeune homme irrité sur un banc décole Angry young
33
La jeune fille et le ramier The Young Girl
41
Lesclave The Slave
47
Amable Tastu
54
Trêves I et XIII Truces I and XIII
152
Louise Michel
162
Vlà le choléra Choieras upon Us
176
Soupir Sighing
192
Lenterrement dun arbre The Burial of a Tree
206
La vestale The Vestal Virgin
222
Marie Krysinska
237
Lange gardien Guardian Angel
250

Delphine Gay de Girardin
66
Élégie Ourika Elegy
72
Élisa Mercœur
79
Louise Colet
86
Mezza vita Mezza vita
92
A Monsieur Préault statuaire To Monsieur Préault
101
Parnassianism War
107
Mon livre My Book
114
Le positivisme Positivism
132
Sonnet To My Mother Sonnet
138
Idylle Idyll
262
GÉRARD DHOUVILLE
278
Vœu Wish
294
Salomé Salomé
308
Amazone Amazon
322
À la perverse Ophélie To the Perverse Ophelia
336
Vous pour qui jécrivis It Was for You I Wrote
350
Notes on the Translators
365
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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.

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