Godiva's Ride

Godiva's Ride : Women of Letters in England, 1830-1880

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Victorian England saw the first great flowering of women's writing in English. During this era the works of many women - the Bront's, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Margaret Oliphant, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Harriet Martineau, and others - first entered the mainstream of English literature. In "Godiva's Ride", Dorothy Mermin describes how women were encouraged to become writers, how they were discouraged and hindered, and what they wrote - novels, poetry, and nonfiction prose. Beginning with the childhood and adolescence of Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bront', and Eliot, ambitious young women who sought to enter the male-dominated literary tradition, Mermin examines their families, the books they read, their education, and religious and cultural values that shaped their careers.show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.2mm | 294.84g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253208246
  • 9780253208248

About Dorothy Mermin

DOROTHY MERMIN, Professor of English at Cornell University, is the author of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: The Origins of a New Poetry and The Audience in the Poem: Five Victorian Poets.show more

Table of contents

Foreword by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar Acknowledgments Introduction Part One 1. Beginning to Write 2. Travel, Trials, Fame Part Two 3. Entering the Literary Market 4. Poetry 5. The Range of Prose Fiction Part Three 6. The Female Sage 7. Religion 8. Science Conclusion Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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