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Arseneau, Mary

Works: 5 works in 20 publications in 1 language and 1,087 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: PR5238, 821.8
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Most widely held works by Mary Arseneau
The culture of Christina Rossetti : female poetics and Victorian contexts( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Culture of Christina Rossetti offers a radical rethinking of Rossetti's place in the Victorian world of art, literature, and ideas. Examining her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from a variety of theoretical perspectives, these essays solicit a new understanding of Rossetti as an artist actively engaged in Victorian developments in aesthetics, theology, science, economics, and politics."--Jacket
Recovering Christina Rossetti : female community and incarnational poetics by Mary Arseneau( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mary Arseneau re-conceives Christina Rossetti's poetic identity by exposing the androcentric bias inherent in the histories of the Rosetti family and of Pre-Raphaelitism, by turning new attention to the Rosetti women, and by reconstituting a female and religious community for Rossetti's writing
Symbol and sacrament : the incarnational aesthetic of Christina Rossetti by Mary Arseneau( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Expressions of White Ink : Victorian Women's Poetry and the Lactating Breast by Anna MacDonald( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The period spanning from the late 1850s to the mid-1860s frames a historical moment in Victorian England when lactation and breastfeeding came under intense public scrutiny in both medical and creative writing. While popular domestic author Isabella Beeton wrote on the dangers that an unwary mother's milk represented for her child and herself in her serial publication, Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management (1859-1861), prominent physicians C.H.F. Routh and William Acton launched a public dispute in medical journals contesting the physiological and moral dangers that the fallen wet nurse posed for the middle-class household (1859). Meanwhile, the medical community catalogued the bizarre long-term physical and dispositional side-effects of an infant's consumption of "bad milk"--Among them, syphilis, swearing, sexual immorality, and death (Matus 161-162). But it is not only medical writers who were latching on to the breastfeeding debate as a means of voicing social and political concerns of the day; recent literary critics have gestured towards the troubling manifestations of lactation in popular mid-century novels like Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son (1848) and George Eliot's Adam Bede (1859) as entry points into Victorian anxieties about classed and gendered embodiment. This project stipulates that the mid-century preoccupation with managing women's milk represents an intersection of two overlapping cultural paradigms pertaining to female expression: a cultural devaluation of female physiological expression as unconscious if not dangerous leakage, and a deprecation of female linguistic and poetic expression as an analogously unmeditated and potentially disruptive kind of communication. Mid-century manuals, articles, and novels offered public voice to a number of existing anxieties surrounding breastfeeding which accompanied the mid-nineteenth century, a historical moment at the cusp of a waning popularity in wet nursing and at the advent and rise of patented infant formula. This project stipulates that at least three female poets of the mid-nineteenth century employ lactation imagery in their works as a means of recasting a cultural devaluation of female expression --inventing a new critical terminology of feminine poetic signifiers that uses the symbolic medium of breastmilk as its ink. Informed by the medical and cultural context of the High Victorian age, I explore how poets Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), and Augusta Webster (1837-1894) not only participate in the preoccupation with unstable bodies and fluids, but capitalize on female leakage in an elaborate rhetorical strategy that embarks on a new embodied female poetics. Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh, Rossetti's "Goblin Market" and Webster's Mother and Daughter all enlist the lactating and feeding breast in a series of elaborate metaphors of female identity construction, literary expression, and poetic voice
Intertextuality and intratextuality : the Full text of Christina Rossetti's "Harmony on first corinthians XIII" rediscovered by Mary Arseneau( Book )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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The culture of Christina Rossetti : female poetics and Victorian contexts
Alternative Names
Arseneau, Mary Margaret

English (20)

Recovering Christina Rossetti : female community and incarnational poetics