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English 202 - Christina Rossetti

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Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) A. Pre-Raphaelite influences 1. Dante Gabriel Rossetti - a founder of Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood 2. The Pre-Raphaelites: attention to detail representing nature accurately art as and aesthetic and sensous endeavor female beauty as expression of spirituality used medieval imagery 3. Christina Rossetti: some affinities wit PRB in detail and imagery critiques conventional portrayal of women that PRB values religious impulse causes her to resist sensuousness B. Anglo-Catholic influences 1. Mother was a devout Anglo-Catholic 2. strict religious principles that influence her poetry C. Rossetti’s poetry 1. tension between sensuousness of Pre-Raphaelites and religious
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Unformatted text preview: severity of moral, didactic conventions 2. “In an Artist’s Studio” a. women as art objects b. relation to Pre-Raphaelite values? 3. Goblin Market (1862) a. when first published, popular as a simple moral fable for children a cautionary tale against female appetite a religious allegory of sin and redemption differs from most Victorian texts written with cautionary intentions • usually fallen women are non-redeemable • in Goblin Market , Laura is fully redeemed, re-joins society b. Repetition of discourses of consumption and exchange c. Depiction of domestic ideology: gender relations and family structure...
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