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Literary Relations : Kinship and the Canon 1660-1830 - Jane Spencer

Literary Relations

Kinship and the Canon 1660-1830

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2005
ISBN: 9780199262960
Number Of Pages: 280

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Literary Relations argues that kinship relations between writers, both literal and figurative, played a central part in the creation of a national tradition of English literature. Through studies of writing relationships, including those between William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Henry and Sarah Fielding, Frances and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, it shows that kinship between writers played a significant role not just in individual lives but in the formation of generic traditions. As writers looked back to founding fathers, and hoped to have writing sons, the literary tradition was modeled on the patriarchal family, imagined in tropes of genealogy and inheritance. This marginalized but did not exclude women, and the study ranges from the work of Dryden, with its emphasis on literature as patrilineal inheritance, to the reception of Austen, which shows uneven but significant progress towards understanding the woman writer as an inheriting daughter and generative mother.

Helpful in thinking about both women writers and women's supporting roles. * Elizabeth Helsinger, Studies in English Literature *

1: Fathers and Mentors 2: The Mighty Mother 3: Brothers, Sisters, and New Provinces of Writing 4: Women in the Literary Family

ISBN: 9780199262960
ISBN-10: 0199262969
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 14.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.49