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Jessica Roberson

Jessica Roberson

Jessica Roberson holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of California, Riverside. She has published on various 19th-century topics in academic journals, and has also written for the Public Domain Review. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, and can be found on Twitter @jroberson140

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What, Prithee, Is a Poetess?

The loss and recovery of a poetic genre shows how the canon of literary history treats women writers the moment they start to gain attention and approval.