By Adrianna M. Paliyenko
In Genius Envy, Adrianna M. Paliyenko uncovers a forgotten historical past: the multiplicity and variety of nineteenth-century French women’s poetic voices. Conservative critics of the time attributed the phenomenon of genius to masculinity and disregarded the paintings of woman authors as “feminine literature.” regardless of the efforts of major thinkers, critics, and literary historians to erase girls from the pages of literary background, Paliyenko indicates how those woman poets invigorated the controversy concerning the origins of genius and garnered massive attractiveness of their time for his or her creativity and ambitious aesthetic ideas.
This clean account of French girls poets’ contributions to literature probes the heritage in their severe reception. the result's an come upon with the texts of celebrated writers reminiscent of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Anaïs Ségalas, Malvina Blanchecotte, Louisa Siefert, and Louise Ackermann. Glimpses on the various phases of every poet’s occupation express that those girls explicitly challenged the suggestion of genius as gender particular, hence advocating for his or her rightful position within the canon.
A prodigious contribution to reports of nineteenth-century French poetry, Paliyenko’s booklet reexamines the reception of poetry through ladies inside of and past its unique context. This balanced and complete therapy in their paintings uncovers the a number of ways that ladies poets sought to outline their position in history.
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Genius Envy: Women Shaping French Poetic History, 1801–1900 by Adrianna M. Paliyenko