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'Michael Field'

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  • Page extent: 286 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.59 kg

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521874182)

'Michael Field' (1884–1914) was the pseudonym of two women, the aunt and niece Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who lived and wrote together as 'lovers'. The large oeuvre contains poems, dramas, and a vast diary. Marion Thain recounts the development of a fascinating and idiosyncratic poetic persona, which became a self-reflexive study in aestheticism. The constructed life and work of 'Michael Field' is used here to deepen and complicate our understanding of many of the most distinctive aesthetic debates of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; a process unified by the recurring engagement with theories of time and history that structures this book. This analysis of poetry, aestheticism and the fin de siècle, through the performance of 'Michael Field', has implications that reach far beyond an understanding of one poet's work. Scholars of both Victorian and modernist literature will learn much from this innovative and compelling study.

• The full-length study of this fascinating literary persona, the pseudonym of two female writers • Sets Michael Field in the context of nineteenth-century literature and aestheticism • Offers an entirely fresh take on aetheticism and culture at the turn of the century

Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'something fierce, subtle, strange, singular'; 1. The diaries and dramas: life-writing and the temporal patterns of aestheticism; 2. Long Ago: the male pseudonym, fin-de-siècle sexualities and Sappho's historical leap; 3. Sight and Song: Botticelli and ekphrastic paradox; 4. Underneath The Bough: dual authorship and lyric song; 5. Wild Honey from Various Thyme: apian aestheticism and the lyric book collection; 6. The Catholic poetry: the spiritual and historical 'turn' of the century; Conclusion: modernism and the fin de siècle; Notes; Bibliography of material by Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper; General bibliography; Index.

Review

Review of the hardback: 'Written with precision and clarity…' Women: A Cultural Review

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