The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period

The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period

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The Romantic period saw the first generations of professional women writers flourish in Great Britain. Literary history is only now giving them the attention they deserve, for the quality of their writings and for their popularity in their own time. This collection of new essays by leading scholars explores the challenges and achievements of this fascinating set of women writers, including Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft, Ann Radcliffe, Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Mary Shelley alongside many lesser-known female authors writing and publishing during this period. Chapters consider major literary genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, travel writing, histories, essays, and political writing, as well as topics such as globalization, colonialism, feminism, economics, families, sexualities, aging, and war. The volume shows how gender intersected with other aspects of identity and with cultural concerns that then shaped the work of authors, critics, and more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 5 b/w illus.
  • 1139061313
  • 9781139061315

Table of contents

Chronology; Introduction; 1. Poetry Stephen C. Behrendt; 2. Fiction Anthony Mandal; 3. Drama Catherine Burroughs; 4. Essays and political writing Anne Mellor; 5. The gothic Angela Wright; 6. Travel writing Elizabeth A. Fay; 7. History writing and antiquarianism Crystal Lake; 8. Writing in wartime Catherine Ingrassia; 9. Enlightenment feminism and the bluestocking legacy Caroline Franklin; 10. The global context Deirdre Coleman; 11. Social, familial, and literary networks Julie A. Carlson; 12. The economics of female authorship Jacqueline M. Labbe; 13. Age and aging Devoney Looser; 14. National identities and regional affiliations Fiona Price; 15. Sexualities Jillian Heydt-Stevenson; Guide to further more

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'A welcome addition to the excellent Cambridge Companions series, this collection of clearly written essays is both interesting and informative, and fills a scholarly void.' L. J. Larson, Choice 'These essays make clear that Austen can be read - and re-read - productively within the communities of women writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. ... the collection succeeds in achieving Looser's editorial goal: to emphasize the range of reasons - literary, historical, and social - that we append to Romantic-era women's writings. It will surely succeed in furthering the discussion it ably surveys. A very helpful guide to further reading, included at the end of the volume, will assist scholars carrying forward the work of this collection.' Elizabeth Chang, Jane Austen Society of North America News '... a superb new resource for teachers and researchers alike.' Jenny Davidson, Studies in English Literatureshow more

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