Poetess Archive

General description: This archive constitutes a resource for studying the literary history of popular British and American poetry. Much of it composed during what can be called the “bull market” of poetry's popularity(1), late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century popular poetry was often written in what came to be designated an "effeminate" style, whether written by men or women. Writings in the poetess tradition were disseminated in myriad collections: miscellanies, beauties, literary annuals, gift books. They achieved a place of prominence in virtually every middle-class household. The Poetess Archive Database now contains a bibliography of over 4,000 entries for works by and about writers working in and against the “poetess tradition,” the extraordinarily popular, but much criticized, flowery poetry written in Britain and America between 1750 and 1900.

Implementation description: Majority of texts encoded in TEI P4, but all new texts being added in P5. TEI code available for every text.

Related resources: http://www.dighum.com/PAManual.html

Copyright information: All items are freely available.


Laura Mandell
Department of English
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Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4227
Telephone: 513-560-7860
Email: laura.mandell@gmail.com

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