Poetry, Aestheticism and the Fin De Siecle
By (author) Marion Thain
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Michael Field by Marion Thain
Book Description'Michael Field' (1884-1914) was the pseudonym of two women, the aunt and niece Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who lived and wrote together as 'lovers'. The large oeuvre contains poems, dramas, and a vast diary. Marion Thain recounts the development of a fascinating and idiosyncratic poetic persona, which became a self-reflexive study in aestheticism. The constructed life and work of 'Michael Field' is used here to deepen and complicate our understanding of many of the most distinctive aesthetic debates of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; a process unified by the recurring engagement with theories of time and history that structures this book. This analysis of poetry, aestheticism and the fin de siecle, through the performance of 'Michael Field', has implications that reach far beyond an understanding of one poet's work. Scholars of both Victorian and modernist literature will learn much from this innovative and compelling study.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521874182
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marion Thain
Lyric Poem and Aestheticism, Hardback (September 2016)
This study explores lyric poetry's response to a crisis of relevance in Victorian Modernity, offering an analysis of literature usually elided by studies of the modern formation of the genre and uncovering previously unrecognized discourses within it.
Lyric Poem, Paperback (August 2016)
A wide-ranging study of lyric poetry in English, from the early modern period to the present.
'Michael Field', Paperback (May 2010)
Marion Thain recounts the development of this fascinating poetic persona, created by two female writers.
Michael Field: The Poet, Paperback (July 2009)» View all books by Marion Thain
"Michael Field" was the literary pseudonym of two women, Katharine Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece Edith Cooper (1862-1913). The women were poets, playwrights, diarist, and lovers who lived and wrote together during the final decades of the nineteenth century up to World War I.
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Author Biography - Marion Thain
Marion Thain is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham
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