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Men's Work: Gender, Class, and the Professionalization of Poetry, 1660-1784

Men's Work: Gender, Class, and the Professionalization of Poetry, 1660-1784 (Hardback)

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This book examines how the concept of the poet as a male professional emerged during the Restoration and eighteenth century. Analyzing works by writers from Rochester to Johnson, Linda Zionkowski argues that the opportunities for publication created by the growth of a commercial market in texts profoundly challenged aristocratic conceptions of authorship and altered the status of professional poets on the hierarchies of class and gender. The book proposes that during this period, discourse about the poet's social role both revealed and produced a crucial shift in configurations of masculinity: the belief that commodifying their mental labor undermined writers' cultural authority gave way to a celebration of the market's function as the proving ground for both literary merit and bourgeois manhood.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poetsLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: menPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Palgrave USA Publication Date: 28/02/2001 ISBN-13: 9780312237585  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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LINDA ZIONKOWSKI is Associate Professor of English at Ohio University.

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