Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Feminine EnlightenmentBritish Women Writers and the Philosophy of Progress, 1759-1820$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

JoEllen DeLucia

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748695942

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748695942.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 21 October 2021

Queering Progress: Anna Seward and Llangollen Vale

Queering Progress: Anna Seward and Llangollen Vale

(p.87) Chapter 3 Queering Progress: Anna Seward and Llangollen Vale
A Feminine Enlightenment

JoEllen DeLucia

Edinburgh University Press

Drawing on evidence from the published and unpublished letters of the second-generation Bluestocking and poet Anna Seward, this chapter argues that her immersion in Enlightenment theories of aesthetic progress and her devotion to Ossianic sentiment shaped her Llangollen Vale (1796). In describing this picturesque Welsh valley and celebrating its famous occupants, from the Welsh national hero Owen of Glendower to Seward’s contemporaries and close friends the Ladies of Llangollen, Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler, Seward’s poem critiques established narratives of historical progress and tests the possibility that the refined feelings and sentiments produced by female friendship might flourish outside modern commercial society and the heterosexual family. Building on the work of theorists of queer history, this chapter develops the claim that Seward creates a “new time” for the ladies of Llangollen that aligns their experience of queer exile from their families and nation with accounts of Welsh resistance to English hegemony.

Keywords:   Anna Seward, Eleanor Butler, Llangollen Vale, Sarah Ponsonby, queer history, Wales

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.