Horae Amoris: The Collected Poems of Rosa Newmarch

Horae Amoris: The Collected Poems of Rosa Newmarch
edited with an introductory essay by John Holmes and Natasha Distiller

Rosa Newmarch (1857-1940), the influential musicologist and Russian scholar, was the first truly queer poet in English Literature. In her powerful and moving poetry, she explores desire and social politics, negotiating the rules of gender at a time when modern sexual identities were just beginning to take shape. For the first time, this edition gathers together all Newmarch’s poetry, including occasional pieces not found in her published collections and her admired translations from the Russian poets. The editors provide a detailed Introduction and Notes demonstrating the striking interrelations of poetic influences, gender indeterminacy and same-sex desire, classical music, and Russian culture within Newmarch’s extraordinary and overlooked poetry.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students of the following disciplines:
- Victorian and Edwardian literature and culture
- Queer Studies, Women’s Studies, and the History of Sexuality
- Russian Translation

John Holmes is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Reading. He is the author of Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence: Sexuality, Belief and the Self and Darwin’s Bards: British and American Poetry in the Age of Evolution

Natasha Distiller is Associate Professor of English and Senior Researcher at the Institute for the Humanities in Africa at the University of Cape Town. Monographs include Fixing Gender: Lesbian Motherhood and the Oedipus Complex (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, forthcoming 2011); Desire and Gender in the Sonnet Tradition (Palgrave 2008); and South Africa, Shakespeare, and Post-Colonial Culture (Edwin Mellen 2005). She is co-editor of Under Construction: ‘race’ and identity in South Africa Today (Heinemann 2004) and was, until recently, one of the editors of the journal Social Dynamics.
Hardbound: 15.9 x 23.5 cm.,
293 pp.

ISBN 978 1 904201 19 9
£40.00 / $65.00

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 Published 15 September 2010
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