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British Women Writers and the Profession of Literary Criticism, 1789-1832 : Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print - M. Waters

British Women Writers and the Profession of Literary Criticism, 1789-1832

Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print

By: M. Waters

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781403936264
Number Of Pages: 225

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This book examines professional literary criticism by Romantic-era British women to reveal that, while developing a conscious professionalism, women literary critics helped to shape the aesthetic models that defined Romantic literary values and made the British literary heritage a source of national pride. Women critics understood the contested nature of aesthetics and the public implications of aesthetic values on questions such as morality, both public and private, the nation's cultural heritage, even the essential qualities of Britishness itself.

'This is a remarkable, landmark study in the field of literary scholarship. There has never been anything quite like it, and what it has to offer is badly needed. Not only will it forever alter the way we see the careers of the particular women reviewers under discussion (Anna Letitia Barbauld, Elizabeth Inchbald, Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Moody and Harriet Martineau), but, more significantly, it will transform the way we view the history and development of literary criticism in England... This important contribution to the field of English Romantic studies brings to the fore the collaborative nature of literary production.' - Paula R. Feldman, C. Wallace Martin Professor of English, University of South Carolina

"Forms scientific and established" : the critical preface, the canon, and the woman criticp. 25
The British common reader : critical prefaces by Anna Letitia Barbauldp. 28
Renouncing the forms : the case of Elizabeth Inchbaldp. 57
"Fearful ascendency" : women periodical literary reviewersp. 83
"The first of a new genus-" : Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, and The analytical reviewp. 86
Periodicals and middle-class dissent : Anna Letitia Barbauld and Elizabeth Moody at the Monthly reviewp. 121
The next generation : Harriet Martineau's literary reviews for the Monthly repositoryp. 151
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ISBN: 9781403936264
ISBN-10: 1403936269
Series: Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 225
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1