Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900 (Hardback)
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Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900 (Hardback)

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Hardback 334 Pages / Published: 30/08/2001
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These new essays by leading scholars explore nineteenth-century women's writing across a spectrum of genres. The book's focus is on women's role in and access to literary culture in the broadest sense, as consumers and interpreters as well as practitioners of that culture. Individual chapters consider women as journalists, editors, translators, scholars, actresses, playwrights, autobiographers, biographers, writers for children and religious writers as well as novelists and poets. The impact of women in the literary marketplace, women's role in public debate, the cultural power of women readers, women writers' construction of gender and sexuality, and the formation of a female canon are central concerns in a century which saw the emergence of a mass audience for literature. A unique chronology offers a woman-centred perspective on literary and historical events and there is a guide to further reading.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521650557
Number of pages: 334
Weight: 660 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This book, with a useful guide to further reading and a detailed chronology, is to be strongly recommended to those readers who seek to enrich their response to the work of the Brontes in the context of beliefs, debates, social life, and conditions of literary production in the nineteenth century.' Bronte Studies
'... stimulating and eminently readable ...'. Yearbook of English Studies
'... an impressive and valuable contribution to the study of nineteenth-century women writers ... This book adds new dimensions to prevailing models of nineteenth-century women's writing and opens up intriguing areas of further study ... Meticulously researched and lively it will be of interest to undergraduate students as well as to more established scholars of the range, variety and status of nineteenth-century women's writing.' The George Eliot Review
'... wealth of critical perception presented to us in these essays ... study whose contribution to the study of female literary figures in the nineteenth century should not be underestimated.' The Gaskell Society Journal
"...it is difficult to think of a better introduction to the field--or a more salutary corrective to certain misconceptions. The reader concerned to learn what is was that women were writing (and why) during the nineteenth century in Britain will do well to begin here." Victorian Studies
"Going by sheer power to shape the study of English literature, the single most important volume this year
"An excellent companion to British women's writing of the 19th century. The contributors come at the topic from a fascinating variety of directions, treating not just poets and novelists, but also journalists, translators, editors, biographers, autobiographers, and playwrights...these are first-rate articles, up-to-date in terms of thought, scholarship, and bibliography." Choice
"The essays are scholarly, well-crafted, and accessible. The volume provides an excellent overview of critical perspectives on British women's writing in the nineteenth century...readers will find many of the discussions relevant to the study of women's writing in North America and elsewhere...the collection should be regarded as a significant contribution to literary studies." Victorian Periodicals Review

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