Isobel Amstrong: ‘Where Have the Women Poets Gone?’

Victorian Poetry Network
The Long Nineteenth Century: Where Have the Women Poets Gone?

“It started in 1994. Catherine Reilly produced an anthology of Victorian women’s poetry, a loving, scholarly, wide-ranging, sometimes eccentric, but always arresting collection of over sixty poets. She went well beyond the routine inclusion of Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. She was the first editor to anthologize Amy Levy, and the first to grasp the extraordinary gifts of a poet still on the margins to this day, Eliza Keary. She needs to be recognized for her achievement. The anthology, interestingly, was published by a small press, Enitharmon, with a foreword by Germaine Greer: the signal was strong; this book was for a niche market of committed feminists. But the audience for women’s poetry of the long nineteenth century was rapidly widening……”


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