This book re-conceives Christina Rossetti's poetic identity by exposing the androcentric bias inherent in the histories of the Rossetti family and of Pre-Raphaelitism, by turning new attention to the Rossetti women, and by reconstituting a female and religious community for Rossetti's writing. Drawing on extensive archival research, Mary Arseneau investigates how Rossetti's religious faith sustains her poetic practice and authorizes her cultural and aesthetic critique; the result is a re-evaluation and re-contextualization of the whole range of Rossetti's writing.
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Author Biography - Mary Arseneau
MARY ARSENEAU is Associate Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She has published numerous essays on Christina Rossetti, the Rossetti family, the Pre-Raphaelites, and John Keats. Together with Antony H. Harrison and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, she is co-editor of The Culture of Christina Rossetti: Female Poetics and Victorian Contexts.