Renascence: The rebirth of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sentimentalism

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Title: Renascence: The rebirth of Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sentimentalism
Author: Wittenstein, Rebecca
Advisor: Bahr, Arthur
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of English
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 44321 bytes
Issue Date: 2007
Abstract: The position of women poets within the canon of American and British literature grew larger during the twentieth century than in any previous period. This change occurred not without opposition from the masculine hegemony of literary discourse. Women writing during this period met with harsh criticism from the rising trends of modernism, which operated through a traditionally male dominated language of absence and stark landscapes of emotional barrenness. Women could either adopt this vein of discourse, as exemplified by the work of Virginia Woolfe, or be relegated to the condescending category of ‘sentimental women’s fare’ and ladies journals.
Subject: Millay, Edna St. Vincent, 1892-1950 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subject: Sentimentalism in literature
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