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    Poets of style: cultivating artifice in poetries of asceticism and excess

    Parejo Vadillo, Ana (2019) Poets of style: cultivating artifice in poetries of asceticism and excess. In: Hughes, L.K. (ed.) Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry. Cambridge Companions to Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781316856543.

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    Beginning with Christina Rossetti, this chapter traces the ways in which decadent women poets styled their poetics through artifice. If the poetry of the period is traditionally framed within the discourses of the sensual and phenomenological, this chapter also suggests that formal experimentation was an attempt at generating questions about the independence of art, an issue particularly important for women, who saw in the notion of art for art’s sake a form of social and political revolution. The chapter distinguishes two main poetic responses to the linguistic challenges of the fin-de-siècle period, both produced by the obsession with language’s materiality that was at the heart of decadence: the first is an ascetic style based on disciplining the word; the second an aesthetics of excess, bathed in historicism and characteristically animated by luxurious language. To illustrate these two responses, the chapter discusses the ascetic lyric poetry of Alice Meynell, and the poetics of excess of the verse dramas of Michael Field.


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    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Decadence, Aestheticism, Artifice, Style, Revolution Ascetic Poetry, Poetry of Excess, Christina Rossetti, Alice Meynell, Michael Field.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Ana Parejo-Vadillo
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 12:38
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:42


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