Bestow my patience to compose the lives Of slighted virgins and neglected wives; To modish lovers I resign my truth, My cool reflection to unthinking youth; And some good-nature give (‘tis my desire) To surly husbands, as their needs require; And first discharge my funeral–and then To the small poets I bequeath my pen.
Chadwyck-Healey's `Literature online' site, the "Search texts" option (NOT the "Find" or "Browse authors", for some reason) is probably the best place to start looking for any poem by any author that you might be interested in - though not necessarily the best edition of it! Search the Oxford English Dictionary The Voice of the Shuttle: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature The EServers Eighteenth-Century Cultural Studies Links Search or browse the Gentleman's Magazine The Voice of the Shuttle: Romantic Literature Wherever possible the secondary readings on the syllabus have been placed on two-hour loan on short-term loan at the Gerstein Library, King's College Circle.
If the reading is from an academic journal, you can also find these at Robarts and at good college libraries like Trinity and Victoria. Richard Greene just told me about James May's on-line bibliography of studies of women writers, readers, and publishers.
See also the C18-L home page -- it has links to selected readings (see below) and to the archives of the C18-L list.
Check out British theatre: some information about women playwrights of the period.
The course will be arranged thematically: topics will include contemporary representations of women and women authors, the education of women, women and the classical tradition, publication and patronage, the role of male mentors like Richardson and Johnson, selected genres (e.g., the verse epistle, the Ovidian/heroic epistle, the ode, the georgic, the country house poem) and subjects (e.g., women, poetry, nature, slavery, politics), and, especially in second term, the intersection of gender issues with those of social class and race.
Four short (10-15 minute/1000 words) seminar reports (40%), one in-class test on February 28th (20%), one major essay due April 10 (25%), 250-word proposal and annotated bibliography for major essay due February 21 (5%), informed participation in class and on line (10%).
If you're logging on from a "utoronto" server, you should have access to bibliographical indexes like those on Literature Online ("Search secondary sources") and the MLA Bibliography. (ABELL: From "Literature online", select "Reference works". Dowling, `The commonwealth of letters', in The epistolary moment: the poetics of the eighteenth-century verse epistle (1991). John Feather, `The expanding trade', in A history of British publishing (London and New York: Routledge, 1988). The woman poet at home Sarah Fyge Egerton, `The liberty' 1703 (B11) Sarah Fyge Egerton, `The emulation' 1703 (B15) Anne Finch, `To Mr. Mr C-' 1734 (L122) Annabella Blount, [A cure for poetry] 1741 (L186) Mary Leapor, `The epistle of Deborah Dough' a1746 (L209) Mary Whateley, `On the author's husband desiring her to write some verses' c1780 (L261) Anna Laetitia Barbauld, `Washing-day' 1797 (L308) Readings: puddings and poetry Richard Greene, `Problems of the woman poet', in Mary Leapor. Keener and Lorsch (New York, Westport, London: Greenwood, 1988). Not on STL.] Jayne Elizabeth Lewis, `In her "transparent Laberynth": obstructions of poetic justice in Anne Finch's fables', The English fable. Messenger, `Selected nightingales and an "Augustan" sensibility', English studies in Canada 6.2 (1980): 145-153. Women and education: nature, nurture Elizabeth Thomas, `On Sir J- S- saying in a sarcastic manner, my books would make me mad. Strategic retreats: Anne Finch and `public privacy' Anne Finch, `Mercury and the elephant, a prefatory fable' 1713 & Anne Finch, `The critick and writer of fables' 1713 Anne Finch, from The petition for an absolute retreat 1713 (L15) Anne Finch, `A nocturnal reverie' 1713 (B 33) Anne Finch, `A ballad to Mrs Catherine Fleming in London from Malshanger Farm in Hampshire' c1719/1929 (L23) Elizabeth Singer Rowe, `To Mrs. Dowling, `Augustan audience', The epistolary moment: the poetics of the eighteenth-century verse epistle (1991). Hinnant, `The darkening green' and `The critic and the writer of fables', The poetry of Anne Finch: an essay in interpretation (1994).
MLA: from U of T Library's "Database selection" menu, select one or both "MLA Bibliographies".) Let me know if there are any articles and books that we should all know about. Collins, Authorship in the days of Johnson: a study of the relation between author, patron, publisher and public, 1726-1780 (1929). Z325 F414 (not on STL) Paul Langford, `Books and the bourgeoisie', 90-94 of A polite and commercial people (1989). A study in eighteenth-century women's poetry (1993). Williams, `Poetry, pudding, and Epictetus: the consistency of Elizabeth Carter', 3-24 of Tradition in transition: women writers, marginal texts, and the eighteenth-century canon, ed. Aesop and literary culture, 1651-1740 (1996) PR 448 F34 L49 STL Jean Mallinson, `Anne Finch: a woman poet and the tradition', in Gender at work: four women writers of the eighteenth century, ed. PR 1 E64, STL #3590 [Nadine Ollman, `The poet as mermaid: images of self in Margaret Cavendish and others', 87-92 of Eighteenth-century women and the arts, ed. An ode' 1722 (L40) Elizabeth Tollet, `To my brother at St John's College in Cambridge' 1724 (L96) `The amorous lady', `On being charged with writing incorrectly' 1734 (L146) Elizabeth Carter, `A dialogue' 1741 (L168) Elizabeth Teft, `On learning. eighteenth-century theories of the spleen', Mosaic 22 (1989): 17-27. Arabella Marrow, in the Country' Readings: Carol Barash, `Anne Finch: gender, politics, and myths of the private self', English women's poetry, 1649-1714: politics, community, and linguistic authority (1996): 259-287. PR 3765 W57 Z69 STL Jean Mallinson, `Anne Finch: a woman poet and the tradition', in Gender at work: four women writers of the eighteenth century, ed. Barbara Mc Govern, `Female friendships and women writers', Anne Finch and her poetry: a critical biography (1992).
But stay — the mourners should be first our care: Let the freed ‘prentice lead the miser’s heir; Let the young relict wipe her mournful eye, And widowed Husbands o’er their garlic cry.
All this let my executors fulfil, And rest assured that this is Mira’s will; Who was, when she these legacies designed, In body healthy, and composed in mind.