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Lyrical Strains: Liberalism and Women's Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America

Elissa Zellinger


In this book, Elissa Zellinger analyzes both political philosophy and poetic theory in order to chronicle the consolidation of the modern lyric and the liberal subject across the long nineteenth century. In the nineteenth-century United States, both liberalism and lyric sought self-definition by practicing techniques of exclusion. Liberalism was a political philosophy whose supposed universals were limited to white men and created by omitting women, the enslaved, and Native peoples. The conventions of poetic reception only redoubled the sense that liberal selfhood defined its boundaries by ref ... More

Keywords: Lyric, Liberalism, Nineteenth Century, United States, Selfhood, Poetics, Gender, Race, Exclusion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469659817
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469659817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elissa Zellinger, author
Texas Tech University