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Specimens of Poetesses

Paul Salzman (La Trobe), Editing early modern women: Alexander Dyce's Specimens of British Poetesses (1825) More...

Starts: May 3, 2016 5:00:00 PM

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Specimens of Poetesses

Tuesday 3rd May 2016, 5 - 7pm
Location: Foster Court 307
Mary Sidney

Paul Salzman (La Trobe), Editing early modern women: Alexander Dyce's Specimens of British Poetesses (1825)

Abstract:

In 1825 Alexander Dyce published a remarkable anthology of poetry by women writers from Juliana Berners to L. E. Landon. The forty or so writers in the collection who wrote prior to the mid eighteenth century form an impressively varied collection. In this paper I examine the sources Dyce used and the reasoning behind the anthology as a whole. Dyce’s volume not only exemplifies the remarkably catholic taste of a nineteenth century editor, but it also serves as a paradigm for how the transmission of texts by early modern women continued into the nineteenth century, and intersected with something of a golden age for the editing of Renaissance literature in general. The anthology can as well be seen as an intervention in the way that contemporary women’s poetry was being read during Romanticism and its aftermath. I will consider how significant this selection of women’s poetry was for Dyce’s other editorial activities, and how his volume related to other nineteenth-century editorial projects.

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Core Courses

Early Modern Exchanges: Methods, Histories, Cultures

Code: ARTFGE01A and ARTFGE01B
Value: 15 credits each (30 in total)
Tutor: Taught by a variety of tutors (changes year on year)
Time & Location: Fridays 2-4pm (to be confirmed), room to be confirmed

ARTFGE01A: The first term is devoted to deepening students' understanding of this crucial period and enhancing their research skills, developing critical, conceptual and historiographical awareness, alongside paleography, bibliography and book history skills. This will enhance students' ability to work with early modern images, material culture and historical sources. 

ARTFGE01B: In the second term students examine a variety of early modern European literatures, histories and cultures and think about the range and diversity of approaches, methodologies and subjects crucial to an understanding of the early modern world. 

Assessment: The first term (ARTFGE01A) is assessed through a 4000 word annotated bibliography / literature review defining a subject area that will become the focus of the dissertation. The second term (ARTFGE01B) is assessed by one 4000 word essay.