This guide examines the production and reception of poetry by a range of women writers - predominantly although not exclusively writing in English - from Sappho through Anne Bradstreet and Emily Bronte to Sylvia Plath, Eavan Boland and Susan Howe.
Women's Poetry offers a thoroughgoing study of key texts, poets and issues, analysing commonalities and differences across a diverse range of writers, periods, and forms. The book is alert, throughout, to the diversity of women's poetry. Close readings of selected texts are combined with a discussion of key theories and critical practices, and students are encouraged to think about women's poetry in the light of debates about race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, and regional and national identity. The book opens with a chronology followed by a comprehensive Introduction which outlines various approaches to reading women's poetry. Five chapters follow and a Conclusion and appendix of useful resources close the book.
Wide-ranging and flexible in scope, giving detailed consideration to widely-taught poets, texts, periods and issues.
Introduces themes, questions and perspectives applicable to a more heterogeneous and less familiar range of writers.
Encourages informed discussion of the difficulties of defining a discrete genre of 'women's poetry'.
Offers valuable introductory and supplementary guidance for students.