Taylor, Anya.

Erotic Coleridge : women, love, and the law against divorce / Anya Taylor. - 1st ed. - New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. - x, 219 p. ; 22 cm.

Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-209) and index.

Coleridge and women's psychology --
First loves and flirting verses --
The smoking torch of hymen --
Blank faces and fear of ruin --
"Christabel" and the vulnerability of girls --
Sara Hutchinson: love and reading --
Hearkening to the voices of women --
Divorce and the law --
"A kite's dinner" --
Communities of women: developing as persons. Table of contents

"Erotic Coleridge charts Coleridge's prolific creation of love poems from early flirtatious verse to poems about marital incompatibility, the blank faces of young women fearing for their reputations, the exaltation of falling in love, the spoken and sung voices of women, the pain of jealousy, and late meditations on how to live with the waning of love. In his prose he responds to Parliamentary debates about punishing adulteresses and gives advice about how marriage can warp the soul. In his sensual exuberance and his ethics of reverencing the individuality of other persons, Coleridge attends closely to the lives of women."--BOOK JACKET.

1403969256 9781403969255


Divorce--Law and legislation--History--Great Britain--19th century.
Poets, English--19th century--Biography.

PR4483 / .T39 2005

821.7 / TAE 2005

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