By Marie Krysinska Edited by Seth Whidden
The poems in Rythmes pittoresques, first published in 1890, present not only a poet searching for a voice, but also a female poet searching for a voice while breaking down rules of both versification and gender-determined source of expression. They went straight to the heart of the male-dominated poetry of the time and effectively threatened its existence.
Of the group of poets who were the first to write free-verse poetry in French – Marie Krysinska, Arthur Rimbaud, Jules Laforgue, Gustave Kahn – only Marie Krysinska (1857-1908) has not received critical recognition. Although it was quickly dismissed by critics simply because it was written by a female poet, Krysinska’s poetry gives insight into the creation of a new form of feminine expression as well as the persecution of the female artist viewed by her largely male peers, readership and competitors.
“Seth Whidden’s flawless edition of Marie Krysinska’s first collection of poetry thus is timely and needed.” (Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 33, Nos. 1 & 2, Fall-Winter 2004-2005) “Whidden’s balanced approach to biographical issues prepares his equally careful exposition of Krysinska’s critical reception in her day.” (Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 33, Nos. 1 & 2, Fall-Winter 2004-2005) “This book provides an excellent resource for teaching and independent research …” (Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Volume 33, Nos. 1 & 2, Fall-Winter 2004-2005)
Seth Whidden is Associate Professor of French at Villanova University. His research focuses on nineteenth-century French poetry and contemporary French civilisation. He has published articles and translations on Rimbaud, Verlaine, Krysinska and French hip-hop culture.
Exeter Textes Littéraires
- Autour De La Lettre Aux Directeurs De La Résistance
- Candide - ou l'optimisme, seconde partie (1760)
- Les Mains Jointes Et Autres Poèmes (1905-1923) - A Critical Edition
- La Matrone Chinoise - ou l'épreuve ridicule, comédie (1765)
- Mon Coeur Pleure D'Autrefois - avec La Chanson d'un jour et L'Annonciatrice
- Rythmes Pittoresques