Poems Between Women: Four Centuries of Love, Romantic Friendship, and Desire

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Columbia University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 209 pages
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The collection Poems Between Women explores many facets of female-female relationships in poems not only about love or affection between or inspired by women but also about the moments that complicate and call into question the nature of sexuality and intimacy between women. Including women married and single, young and old, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual, the anthology covers historical development and changing mores through the seventeenth century, after the Restoration of Charles II, a time of relative freedom for women; the eighteenth century, when the cult of romantic friendship reached its peak; the nineteenth century, when women writers wrote about issues of same-sex desire indirectly and explored complex issues such as death in tones of weariness and resignation; and the twentieth century, when poets began to engage in more overt explorations of women's bodies, sensuality, and lovemaking. Emma Donoghue's introduction deftly guides readers into the rich tradition of women's poetry in English, exploring the relationships between poets and their muses and poets and their cultures. Poems Between Women is testimony not only to the recurring theme of the unique bonds among women but also to the universality of love, friendship, and creativity.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
xxi
Katherine Philips i
1
Mary Mollineux
8
Anne Killigrew
11
Charlotte Lennox
25
Elizabeth Hands
28
Eliza Robertson
34
Mary Matilda Betham
41
Rosa Mulholland Lady Gilbert
77
Emily Hickey
79
Sophie Jewett
96
Ursula Bethell
110
Elizabeth Daryush
123
Dorothy Wellesley Duchess of Wellington
125
Dorothy Livesay
138
Daphne Marlatt
151

Mary Russell Mitford
44
Frances Kemble
50
Emily Bronte
56
Bessie Rayner Parkes
63
Biographical Notes
165
Permissions
195
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Emma Donoghue is a novelist, playwright, and author of Passions Between Women: British Lesbian Culture 1668-1701. Her short stories have appeared in The Penguin Book of Lesbian Short Stories and The Oxford Book of Historical Stories.

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