Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy: Rebellious Daughters, 1786-1826 Series Number 98 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism: Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy: Rebellious Daughters, 1786-1826 Series Number 98 (Hardback)

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Convinced that the end of the world was at hand, many Romantic women writers assumed the role of the female prophet to sound the alarm before the final curtain fell. Orianne Smith argues that their prophecies were performative acts in which the prophet believed herself to be authorized by God to bring about social or religious transformation through her words. Utilizing a wealth of archival material across a wide range of historical documents, including sermons, prophecies, letters and diaries, Orianne Smith explores the work of prominent women writers - from Hester Piozzi to Ann Radcliffe, from Helen Maria Williams to Anna Barbauld and Mary Shelley - through the lens of their prophetic influence. As this book demonstrates, Romantic women writers not only thought in millenarian terms, but they did so in a way that significantly alters our current critical view of the relations between gender, genre, and literary authority in this period.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107027060
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 231 x 155 x 25 mm


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'Whatever readers decide about where we are now, Smith's Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy provides an important analysis of how Romantic women wrote on topics and in ways that surprised and often annoyed their critics.' Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
'This excellent study discusses writers who, along with their male counterparts, formed the intellectual vanguard of the period ... The meticulous notes are a gold mine for period research; the bibliography is extensive, the index outstanding. In sum, the volume is outstanding in every way ... Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers.' J. Coghill, Choice
'[This book] corrects the gender imbalance of previous work on literary enthusiasm by shedding light on the previously obscured role of women writers in apocalyptic discourse ... a tremendously fluent and incisive study, making surprising and productive use of speech-act theory to bring out the performative dimension of prophetic writing.' Judges' Report, 2015 First Book Prize, British Association for Romantic Studies
"Whatever readers decide about where we are now, Smith's Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy provides an important analysis of how Romantic women wrote on topics and in ways that surprised and often annoyed their critics." Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
"This excellent study discusses writers who, along with their male counterparts, formed the intellectual vanguard of the period ... The meticulous notes are a gold mine for period research; the bibliography is extensive, the index outstanding. In sum, the volume is outstanding in every way ... Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and researchers." J. Coghill, Choice
"[This book] corrects the gender imbalance of previous work on literary enthusiasm by shedding light on the previously obscured role of women writers in apocalyptic discourse ... a tremendously fluent and incisive study, making surprising and productive use of speech-act theory to bring out the performative dimension of prophetic writing." Judges' Report, 2015 First Book Prize, British Association for Romantic Studies

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