Each student was tasked with the transcription and explication of a single poem collected in the Virginia Lucas scrapbook. (You can view digital images of the entire scrapbook here.) Included on each poem's page is an image of the scrapbook page from which the poem was retrieved, along with a transcription and links to further readings. In addition to the analysis of this scrapbook, the students discussed the works of select nineteenth-century poets and poetesses. With this background, the students then chose a research paper topic pertaining to nineteenth-century poetry. The purpose of this digitized compilation is to explore poetry circulation in an effort to create a more thorough understanding of nineteenth-century literary culture.
About Virginia Lucas
Bedinger, Doug. "Virginia Bedinger Lucas (131)." Bedinger Family History and Genealogy. http://www.bedinger.org/virginia-bedinger-lucas.html. Accessed 3 November 2016.
Garvey, Ellen Gruber. Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Jackson, Virginia. "The Poet as Poetess." The Cambridge Companion To Nineteenth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Kerry Larson. New York City: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 54-75.
Kete, Mary Louise. “The Reception of Nineteenth-Century American Poetry.” The Cambridge Companion To Nineteenth-Century American Poetry. Ed. Kerry Larson. New York City: Cambridge University Press, 2011. 15-35.
Lucas, Virginia Bedinger, 1837-1867, “Scrapbook of poetry, newspaper clippings and pressed flowers, likely by Virginia Bedinger Lucas, sister of Daniel Bedinger Lucas, c. 1860s (Ms1995-012),” VT Special Collections Online. http://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/Appalachia/Ms1995-012_Scrapbook
Lucas, Daniel Bedinger [and Virginia Lucas]. The Wreath of Eglantine, and Other Poems, Ed. and In Part Composed by Daniel Bedinger Lucas. Baltimore: Kelly, Piet, and Co., 1869. HathiTrust, http://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.hn1p6z.