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Material TransgressionsBeyond Romantic Bodies, Genders, Things$
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Kate Singer, Ashley Cross, and Suzanne Barnett

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621778

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621778.001.0001

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Remapping the Printed Page in Women’s Post-Waterloo Poetry

Remapping the Printed Page in Women’s Post-Waterloo Poetry

(p.85) Chapter Three Remapping the Printed Page in Women’s Post-Waterloo Poetry
Material Transgressions

Emily J. Dolive

Liverpool University Press

This chapter reveals how women poets in the brief Post-Waterloo period used linguistic and structural play to resist stable notions of femininity, war, and the text itself. Felicia Hemans and critically overlooked Jane Alice Sargant manipulated the printed page to map new movements between supposedly separate bodies and texts to uncover half-hidden voices that counter limited ideologies of wartime participation. Hemans and Sargant created this new page by guiding readers’ eyes across juxtaposing genres, gendered bodies, nonhuman natures, battlefield accoutrements, and quoted speech. The chapter argues that these manipulations of body, gender, and text critique expected materialities of war and war poetry that relied on gender distinctions to determine one’s role and place during war.

Keywords:   Felicia Hemans, Jane Alice Sargant, Ballad, Elegy, Oral

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