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Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900 - Joanne Shattock

Women and Literature in Britain 1800-1900

By: Joanne Shattock (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th November 2001
ISBN: 9780521659574
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

'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

List of contributors
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introduction
The construction of the woman writer
Remaking the canon
Women and the consumption of print
Women writing Woman nineteenth-century representations of gender and sexuality
Feminism, journalism and public debate
Women's writing and the domestic sphere
Women, fiction and the market place
Women poets and the challenge of genre
Women and the theatre
Women writers and self-writing
The professionalization of women's writing extending the canon
Women writers and religion
Women writing for children
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ISBN: 9780521659574
ISBN-10: 0521659574
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 26th November 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5