Victorian Sappho

Author(s): Yopie Prins

Victorian Sappho


What is Sappho, except a name? Although the Greek archaic lyrics attributed to Sappho of Lesbos survive only in fragments, she has been invoked for many centuries as the original woman poet, singing at the origins of a Western lyric tradition. Victorian Sappho traces the emergence of this idealized feminine figure through reconstructions of the Sapphic fragments in late nineteenth-century England. Yopie Prins argues that the Victorian period is a critical turning point in the history of Sappho's reception; what we now call "Sappho" is in many ways an artifact of Victorian poetics.

Publication Information:

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Month of Publication: February

Year of Publication: 1999

Location: 41 Williams Street, Princeton, NY 08540

# of Pages: 279

Additional Information:

Price: $37.50

ISBN: 978-0691059198