Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on the Women of Genesis

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§11 Christina Georgina Rossetti
(1830–1894)

Christina Rossetti was born in London, the fourth child of Gabriele Rossetti, an Italian poet in exile, and Frances Polidori Rossetti. The Rossettis encouraged their children to develop their artistic and scholarly talents. Rossetti was educated at home by her mother, and influenced by her evangelical faith. Christina Rossetti became a devout High Anglican under the influence of the Tractarians in the 1840s together with her mother and her sister Maria, who eventually became an Anglican sister. Rossetti is best known for her poetry, but she also published a number of other devotional prose works, including two devotional commentaries on Scripture.

Rossetti featured Eve in both her poetry25 and prose.26 Some recent Rossetti scholars regard her use of Eve in these prose works as evidence of "the

25 See "Rossetti's Eve and the Woman Question," in Diane D'Amico, Christina Rossetti:
Faith Gender and Time
(Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1999), 118–46.

26 See for example, Christina Rossetti, The Face of the Deep: A Devotional Commentary on the
Apocalypse
, 2nd ed. (London: SPCK, 1893), 310–12, 357–58, 400. Also see Christina Rossetti, Letter and Spirit: Notes on the Commandents (London: SPCK, 1883), 16–19. Also see her unpub-

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