Marceline Desbordes-Valmore Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Greenberg, Wendy. “An Aspect of Desbordes-Valmore's Life in Her Poetry.” In Nineteenth Century French Studies 17, Nos. 3-4 (Spring-Summer 1989): 299-306.

Considers autobiographical themes related to partings, travel, and mother-daughter relationships in Desbordes-Valmore's poetry.

———. “Marceline Desbordes-Valmore Versus Louise Ackermann: Is There a Gender-Specific Language?” In Uncanonical Women: Feminine Voice in French Poetry (1830-1871), pp. 103-29. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999.

Assesses the dynamics of “gender-specific language,” using Desbordes-Valmore's poetry as an example of a uniquely feminine discourse within the patriarchal literary tradition.

Haxell, Nichola Anne. “Childbirth and the Mine: A Reading of the Gaea-Myth in Zola's Germinal and the Poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.” In Neophilologus 73, No. 4 (October 1989): 522-31.

Analyzes the symbolic juxtaposition of mining, childbirth, and elements of Greek mythology in Émile Zola's novel Germinal and Desbordes-Valmore's verse.

Johnson, Barbara. “Gender and Poetry: Charles Baudelaire and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.” In Understanding French Poetry: Essays for a New Millennium, pp. 209-35. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1994.

Argues that critical estimations of gender issues in the poetry of Desbordes-Valmore and Baudelaire have typically been flawed, and that these works more accurately depict the victimization rather than the empowerment of things feminine.

Paliyenko, Adrianna M. “(Re)placing Women in French Poetic History: The Romantic Legacy.” In Symposium 53, No. 4 (Winter 2000): 261-82.

Offers a feminist interpretation of nineteenth-century French poetry by women, viewing Desbordes-Valmore's work in the contexts of Freudian repression.

Additional coverage of Desbordes-Valmore's life and career is contained in the following source published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 217.