is a large project intended primarily as a teaching tool. It is a
multifaceted text, composed of several elements. The first portion of
the text is the complete text of Barrett Browning's "Sonnets from the
Portuguese," together with my annotations of those sonnets and a running
commentary on the meta-story of the sequence. The second portion is a
short story which condenses much biographical information about Robert
Browning and Elizabeth Barrett into one reader-friendly and engaging ("o
soul, we must be meek" says EBB) document. The last portion of the
project is a journal-length essay in which I argue for the need to
appreciate Barrett Browning as both a female and a religious writer.
Also included in the project are introductions written both to the
student, explaining my goals in composing of the text as well as some
suggestions as to how to go about reading it, and to the teacher,
explaining the pedagogical ideals that fueled the project and some
thoughts as to how it might be best used in instruction.
april 10th 2012 Radford University ~ Radford, Virginia