“Tis a pity a genius should be so depressed!”:
Reasearching Female British Romantic Poets
By Elizabeth Kolbush
Arcadia High School
Oak Hill, VA
During the summer of 2002, the University of Virginia’s Center for the Liberal Arts, with support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, offered a seminar for Virginia high school teachers entitled “Resources for Teaching Dickens and the Romantics.” Taught by University of Virginia professors Gordon Braden and Alison Booth, this seminar offered participants a fresh approach to teaching Romantic poetry and prose and illustrated how one might go about making connections between what the Romantics achieved and what Dickens, who called himself a Romantic-Realist, did in his novels.
Elizabeth Kolbush was one of two participants in this seminar to be named an Arthur Vining Davis Teaching Fellow. As a Teaching Fellow, she was asked to continue working on an aspect of research begun in this seminar and ultimately to create a project that would allow other instructors to benefit from this research. Ms. Kolbush chose to compile a comprehensive bibliography of materials relating to the writings of several female British Romantic poets that will surely prove to be an invaluable resource to anyone who would like to know more about these often overlooked writers.
To access the various sections of Ms. Kolbush’s bibliography, as well as a commentary on this project by the author herself, please follow the links below: