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Extraordinary Female Affection: The Ladies of Llangollen and the Endurance of Queer Community

Brideoake, Fiona


This essay explores romantic responses to Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, known as the Ladies of Llangollen, arguing that Anna Seward and Anne Lister celebrated the Ladies' relationship in order to melancholically enact the same-sex ties they were themselves unable to maintain. Hailed as both pioneering lesbians and chaste romantic friends, Butler and Ponsonby may appear unlikely candidates for queer recuperation. Their place within romantic literary history is equally contentious,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Romanticism on the Net


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