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Lydia Sigourney

Critical Essays and Cultural Views

During her lifetime, Lydia Sigourney was acclaimed as nineteenth-century America's most popular woman poet and published widely as a historian, travel writer, essayist, and educator. While serious critical attention to her work languished following her death and into the twentieth century, a growing number of critics and writers have reexamined Sigourney and her large body of writing and have given her a central place in the "new canon."

This first collection of original essays devoted to the poet's work puts many of the best scholars on Sigourney together in one place and in conversation with one another. The volume includes critical essays examining her literary texts as well as essays that unpack Sigourney's participation in the cultural movements of her day. Holding powerful opinions about the role of women in society, Sigourney was not afraid to advocate against government policies that, in her view, undermined the promise of America, even as she was held up as a paragon of American womanhood and middle-class rectitude. The resulting portrait promises to engage readers who wish to know more about Sigourney's writing, her career, and the causes that inspired her.

Along with the volume editors, contributors include Ann Beebe, Paula Bernat Bennett, Janet Dean, Sean Epstein-Corbin, Annie Finch, Gary Kelly, Paul Lauter, Amy J. Lueck, Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso, Jennifer Putzi, Angela Sorby, Joan Wry, and Sandra Zagarell.

About the Authors

Mary Louise Kete is associate professor of English at the University of Vermont.

Elizabeth Petrino is professor of English literature at Fairfield University.

Review

"Without question, this new collection makes an immense scholarly contribution to such fields as nineteenth-century American literature, women writers, poetry, and women poets."—Claudia Stokes, author of Writers in Retrospect: The Rise of American Literary History, 1875–1910

"Lydia Sigourney fills a gaping hole in the field of nineteenth-century American literature and serves both to consolidate and invigorate scholarship on this major poet. In short, this volume is long overdue."—Augusta Rohrbach, author of Thinking Outside the Book
University of Massachusetts Press
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