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    Frances Browne, the 'blind poetess' towards a poetics of blind writing

    Tilley, Heather (2009) Frances Browne, the 'blind poetess' towards a poetics of blind writing. Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 3 (2), pp. 147-161. ISSN 1757-6458.

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    This essay analyses the nineteenth-century reception of Frances Browne's writing by both sighted and blind and visually impaired readers, exploring the competing ways in which the work was read bio-critically by the two groups. Sighted readers were concerned to test the validity of visual images constructed in the writing, while the blind and visually impaired community hailed the well-known poet and novelist as a role model. The essay concentrates on the poignantly ironic depiction of blindness in Browne's 1861 novel, My Share of the World, in which a woman who experiences sight loss commits suicide, considering how the visiocentric medium within which Browne wrote impacted on her refusal to grant her heroine a happy ending.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 17:29
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:34


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