The fierce earth: 'Michael Field's' pagan politics

Bickle, Sharon (2013) The fierce earth: 'Michael Field's' pagan politics. Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation, 38 (1/2). pp. 78-90. ISSN 0311-4198


Of particular interest to feminist and lesbian feminist literary critics has been the sexual politics of the Field poetry and how this constructs collaborative and lesbian ways of seeing and speaking. Beyond the poetry, however, there is a larger body of dramas which have tended to be dismissed as ornate, Victorian, and historical. It's my contention that these also are seldom what they seem; and, in this article, I explore Bradley and Cooper's paganism, not only as an expression of fin de siecle 'art for art's sake' aestheticism, but specifically the way in which the figure of the Earth Mother pushes this paganism beyond a literary and philosophical Oxford Hellenism to engage with a dark and dangerous female centred agency buried deep within-and often unsuspected by-the hegemonically masculine worlds of conventional English history.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: c. Hecate Press. Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 00:11
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 00:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Michael Field; Victorian poetry; womens writing; paganism; eco-feminism
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210305 British History
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing

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