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Gender and Agency Rossetti’s Goblin Market in Artwork by Marcel Dzama
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Born December 5th, 1830 Educated at home by her mother Started writing at age 7 Suffered a nervous breakdown at age 14 Father was Italian poet and political asylum seeker, Gabrielle Rossetti Brother, painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti Unofficial member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood Never married Died of cancer December 29th, 1894 Christina Rossetti
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“Death, oblivion, and rest lap round your songs with their dark wave. And then, incongruously, a sound of scurrying and laughter is heard. There is a patter of animals’ feet and the odd guttural notes of rooks and the snufflings of obtuse furry animals grunting and nosing. For you were not a pure saint by any means. You pulled legs; you tweaked noses. You were at war with all humbug and pretence.” Woolf on Rossetti:
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Published in 1862 Illustrated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti Hailed as the first literary success of the Pre- Raphaelites Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s death two months later led to Rossetti being hailed as her natural successor as ‘female laureate.’ Claimed to be a children’s poem
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19th Century Gender Roles “The Cult of Domesticity”: middle and upper class white women, pious and literate, held in “perpetual childhood” The virgin: “the virginity myth developed the image of the ‘whole’ female body, whose hymen remains unbroken and possessed the innocent ‘integrity’ or wholeness that Eve enjoyed The fallen woman: sexually promiscuous women often literally segregated from society in asylums to be “rehabilitated” The angel in the house: women are “too pure and sacred to share in the disgusting lusts that afflicted men” Quotations from Karen Armstrong’s The Gospel According to Woman: Christianity's Creation of the Sex War in the West.
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What does it mean to be a female poet in the Nineteenth Century?
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