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    Editing Michael Field: taking Fin-de-Siécle women’s poetry to a broader audience

    Thain, M. and Parejo Vadillo, Ana (2012) Editing Michael Field: taking Fin-de-Siécle women’s poetry to a broader audience. In: Gavin, A.E. and de la L. Oulton, C.W. (eds.) Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle: Authors of Change. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 70-82. ISBN 9781349344673.

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    An interest in ‘forgotten’ women poets of the fin de siécle led to many interesting figures being critically resurrected in fascinating studies from around 1995 onwards. Yet few have become the subject of such sustained interest as Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, the aunt and niece who wrote under the single male pseudonym Michael Field. Early critical work concerned with the intriguing issues of the pseudonym and sexuality opened the doors to scholarship that is gradually taking on all manner of themes in their work.1 From fairly early in the history of Bradley and Cooper’s rediscovery, a small number of their better-known poems were reproduced in every new anthology of Victorian poetry published. Scanned reproductions of some of their works have also appeared as part of significant web-based projects (LION, particularly). Yet editions of Michael Field’s works have been relatively slow to emerge. This is, in key respects, often true of fin de siécle women’s poetry, which has a smaller audience than prose, so print publishers are less willing to take the risk.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 12 May 2017 08:58
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:41


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