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17:00 - 19:00 3 May 2016

Editing early modern women: 'specimens of British poetesses' (1825)


Foster Court 307 | Gower Street (link Map)
London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Prof Paul Salzman, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University

In 1825 Alexander Dyce published a remarkable anthology of poetry by women writers from Juliana Berners to L. E. Landon. The 40 or so writers in the collection who wrote prior to the mid 18th century form an impressively varied collection.

This talk will examine the sources Dyce used and the reasoning behind the anthology as a whole. Dyce’s volume not only exemplifies the remarkably catholic taste of a 19th-century editor, but it also serves as a paradigm for how the transmission of texts by early modern women continued into the 19th century, and intersected with something of a golden age for the editing of Renaissance literature in general. The anthology can as well be seen as an intervention in the way that contemporary women’s poetry was being read during Romanticism and its aftermath. The talk will consider how significant this selection of women’s poetry was for Dyce’s other editorial activities, and how his volume related to other 19th-century edi torial projects.


Professor Helen Hackett
+44 (0)20 7679 3127 | h.hackett@ucl.ac.uk


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