PATRICIA RIGG hile the "recovery" of poetry by Victorian women is no longer a new activity, the scholarly debates and revisionary activities concerned with this body of work have only just begun. For many scholars of my generation, the only Victorian women poets anthologized were Elizabeth Barrett Brown ing and Christina Rossetti; however, we teach a very different curriculum in our classrooms today. In fact, it is difficult for contemporary students to imag ine a canon of primarily male poets, since publishers of modern anthologies have been responsive to our cries for equity. The increased number of schol arly anthologies available and the different ways in which these texts are orga nized to highlight the cultural context of Victorian literature enable us to include poets such as Augusta Webster on our syllabi as a matter of course, and web re sources of primary and secondary materials allow us to expand on the texts in ways unimagined when I was an undergraduate. In our scholarly pursuits as well, we have witnessed a healthy expansion of the Victorian repertoire in conferences that focus on both scholarship and pedagogy, and our understanding of the Victorian age has become more inclu sive,
Victorian Poetry – West Virginia University Press
Published: Jun 27, 2017
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