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Letitia Elizabeth Landon and Metrical Romance

The Adventures of a ‘Literary Genius’

Serena Baiesi

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-1838) was one of the leading women poets of the second generation of English Romantic writers. Following her predecessor Walter Scott and her contemporary Lord Byron, she was a fluent practitioner and essential innovator of the metrical romance and exerted a strong influence on the work of Victorian poets (especially Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning and Christina Rossetti). This book analyses Landon’s poetics, with particular reference to the close relationship between the narrative poem as literary genre and its gender implications.
Landon was both an eclectic writer and a literary businesswoman: she was an extremely effective promoter of her literary work in order to support her independent life in London. Furthermore she was the editor of several annuals and gift-books, wrote for magazines, and published numerous poems, novels, and editorials. Her active life and mysterious and premature death in Africa attracted the curiosity of many biographers during the twentieth century, but only in recent times has critical attention been paid to her rich literary output. This volume aims to discuss and analyse the work of a talented artist whose metrical romance strongly influenced the poetics of late Romanticism, and prefigured a highly successful genre widely adopted during the Victorian age: the dramatic monologue.

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INDEX Ackermann, Rudolph 100, 101, 106, 108n, 173 Adburgham, Alison 102n Ademollo, Alessandro 68n, 69n, Aristotle 48n Armstrong, Isobel 37, 37n, 38, 39n, 58, 58n, 156n Austen, Jane 13n, 105, 105n Baillie, Joanna 49, 142 Bandettini, Teresa 63n, 66, 71 Bandiera, Laura 90n Barbauld, Laetitia 104 Barrett Browning, Elizabeth 14, 34, 84, 84n, 132, 152–156 Barton, Bernard 22n Batchelor, Jennie 97n Bishop, Catherine Jane, 19, 173 Blain, Virginia 156n Blanchard, Laman 13, 13n, 19n, 20n, 34n, 64, 64n, 77, 77n, 78, 78n, 137, 137n, 138, 144n, 145n, 148, 148n, 151n, 157, 158n Blessington, Lady 104, 106, 110, 148, 150 Brand, Peter 67n Brewer, John 97n Bristow, Joseph 37n, 60n, 156n Brown, Susan 37n, 39, 39n, 54, 54n, 156n Browning, Robert 14, 40, 52, 53, 59, 59n, 60–62 Bulwer-Lytton, Edward 21, 26–29, 32 Burke, Edmund 38, 39 Byron, Lord 13, 14, 16, 19, 22, 24, 25, 47, 48n, 49–54, 56–62, 67, 76, 78, 82, 103, 158 Carsaniga, Giovanni 67n Caruso, Carlo 67n, 69n, 70n, 72n Chapman, Alison 60n, 75n Chateaubriandn, François-René de 29 Clifford, Helen 97n, 98n Coleridge, Samuel Taylor 103, 164 Cowper, William 126n Cox, Philip 44, 44n Crabbe, George 49 Craciun, Adriana 30n Crisafulli, Lilla Maria 43n, 75n, 90n, 141n, 142n, 143n, 157n Croce, Benedetto 72 Croker, Crofton 124 Cronin, Richard 57n, 60n Crook, Nora 79n Cunningham, Allan 101 Curran, Stuart 36n, 41n, 50, 50n, 52n De Staël, Madame 73, 73n, 75n, 83n, 147, 152 Derrida, Jacques 43, 43n Dew, Philip 59n...

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