Charlotte Smith and the Sonnet

Roberts, Bethan Lloyd
(2014) Charlotte Smith and the Sonnet. PhD thesis, University of Liverpool.

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This thesis considers the place of Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets in the eighteenth-century sonnet revival. Smith is often credited with reviving the sonnet form, and has attracted attention as a ‘Romantic’ poet. This thesis seeks to rebalance the existing critical focus by locating Smith’s sonnets in their eighteenth-century context and by considering her engagement with tradition alongside her innovation and influence. It offers a new history and evaluation of the eighteenth-century sonnet, and locates Smith’s sonnets within it. It traces the expansion of Elegiac Sonnets through its multiple editions from 1784 to 1800, charting Smith’s changing approach to – and the interactions between – form, literary tradition and place. Thus, the thesis clarifies Smith’s real significance as a writer and her place in literary history.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Additional Information: Date: 2014-08 (completed)
Subjects: ?? PR ??
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 09:56
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2022 02:13
DOI: 10.17638/02003520