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Literary Couplings
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This innovative collection challenges the traditional focus on solitary genius by examining the rich diversity of literary couplings and collaborations from the early modern to the postmodern period. Literary Couplings explores some of the best-known literary partnerships—from the Sidneys to Boswell and Johnson to Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes—and also includes lesser-known collaborators such as Daphne Marlatt and Betsy Warland. The essays place famous authors such as Samuel Coleridge, Oscar Wilde, and William Butler Yeats in new contexts; reassess overlooked members of writing partnerships; and throw new light on texts that have been marginalized due to their collaborative nature. By integrating historical studies with authorship theory, Literary Couplings goes beyond static notions of the writing "couple" to explore literary couplings created by readers, critics, historians, and publishers as well as by writers themselves, thus expanding our understanding of authorship.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Prologue: Signs of the Times: Five Snapshots of Contemporary Authorship
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Contexts and Heterotexts: A Theoretical and Historical Introduction.
  2. pp. 3-38
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  1. I. Early Modern “Coupled Worke”
  2. p. 39
  1. "Warpe” and “Webb” in the Sidney Psalms: The “Coupled Worke” of the Countess of Pembroke and Sir Philip Sidney
  2. pp. 41-58
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  1. Constructing an Adventure and Negotiating for Narrative Control: Johnson and Boswell in the Hebrides
  2. pp. 59-78
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  1. II. Romantic Joint Labor
  2. p. 79
  1. Editing Minervas: William Godwin’s Liminal Maneuvers in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Wrongs of Woman
  2. pp. 81-99
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  1. Home at Grasmere Again: Revising the Family in Dove Cottage
  2. pp. 100-123
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  1. "The Body of My Father’s Writings”: Sara Coleridge’s Genial Labor
  2. pp. 124-148
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  1. III. Victorian Complementarities and Crosscurrents
  2. p. 149
  1. "Singing Song for Song”: The Brownings “in the Poetic Relation”
  2. pp. 151-174
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  1. Collaboration and Collusion: Two Victorian Writing Couples and Their Orientalist Texts
  2. pp. 175-192
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  1. "An Uninterrupted Current”: Homoeroticism and Collaborative Authorship in Teleny
  2. pp. 193-208
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  1. IV. Literary Modernity: Mythmakers and Muses
  2. p. 209
  1. Courting the Muse: Dorothy Wellesley and W. B. Yeats
  2. pp. 211-228
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  1. Not Elizabeth to His Ralegh: Laura Riding, Robert Graves, and the Origins of the White Goddess
  2. pp. 229-240
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  1. V. Writing Back: Postcolonial and Contemporary Contestation and Retrospection
  2. p. 241
  1. Competing Versions of a Love Story: Mircea Eliade and Maitreyi Devi
  2. pp. 243-259
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  1. "Your Sentence Was Mine Too”: Reading Sylvia Plath in Ted Hughes’s Birthday Letters
  2. pp. 260-287
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  1. Crowding the Garret: Women’s Collaborative Writing and the Problematics of Space
  2. pp. 288-308
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  1. Taking Joint Stock: A Critical Survey of Scholarship on Literary Couples and Collaboration
  2. pp. 309-334
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 335-360
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 361-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-373
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