Gender, Class and the Professionalization of Poetry, 1660-1784
By (author) Linda Zionkowski
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Men's Work by Linda Zionkowski
Book DescriptionThis book examines how the concept of the poet as a male professional emerged during the Restoration and eighteenth century. Analyzing works by writers from Rochester to Johnson, Linda Zionkowski argues that the opportunities for publication created by the growth of a commercial market in texts profoundly challenged aristocratic conceptions of authorship and altered the status of professional poets on the hierarchies of class and gender. The book proposes that during this period, discourse about the poet's social role both revealed and produced a crucial shift in configurations of masculinity: the belief that commodifying their mental labor undermined writers' cultural authority gave way to a celebration of the market's function as the proving ground for both literary merit and bourgeois manhood.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780312237585
(216mm x 140mm x 25mm)
Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Linda Zionkowski
Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England, Hardback (February 2009)
The Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England analyzes the long overlooked role of gift exchange in literary texts and cultural documents and provides innovative readings of how gift transactions shaped the institutions and practices that gave this era its distinctive identity.
Studies in Eighteenth-century Culture, Hardback (May 2008)» View all books by Linda Zionkowski
Presents essays that share a common concern with investigating Enlightenment categories of historical understanding and determining how these categories helped shape Enlightenment culture. This work addresses the question of how eighteenth-century writers make sense of the past for their own practical, aesthetic, and ideological purposes.
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Author Biography - Linda Zionkowski
LINDA ZIONKOWSKI is Associate Professor of English at Ohio University.
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