Satire and domesticity in late eighteenth-century women's poetry: Minding the gap

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This article examines the work of four women poets in the 1780s and 1790s - in particular, the way they juxtapose the apparent triviality of the domestic with the more elevated concerns expected of the poetic or literary. In this analysis, this juxtaposition is aligned with the gap between low and high that characterises burlesque, a gap that is exploited to comic and even satirical ends in these poems. This poetic critique of domesticity is set against a backdrop of recent criticism that reads the late eighteenth century as a time when the domestic ideology of separate spheres hardened.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-87
Number of pages21
JournalJournal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld
  • Anna Seward
  • Burlesque
  • Domesticity
  • Elizabeth Hands
  • Elizabeth Moody
  • Ideology
  • Satire
  • Women

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