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The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in the Romantic Period

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Stephen C. Behrendt, Anthony Mandal, Catherine Burroughs, Anne Mellor, Angela Wright, Elizabeth A. Fay, Crystal Lake, Catherine Ingrassia, Caroline Franklin, Deirdre Coleman, Julie A. Carlson, Jacqueline M. Labbe, Devoney Looser, Fiona Price, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson
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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107602557

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  • The Romantic period saw the first generations of professional women writers flourish in Great Britain. Literary history is only now giving them the attention they deserve, for the quality of their writings and for their popularity in their own time. This collection of new essays by leading scholars explores the challenges and achievements of this fascinating set of women writers, including Jane Austen, Mary Wollstonecraft, Ann Radcliffe, Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Mary Shelley alongside many lesser-known female authors writing and publishing during this period. Chapters consider major literary genres, including poetry, fiction, drama, travel writing, histories, essays, and political writing, as well as topics such as globalization, colonialism, feminism, economics, families, sexualities, aging, and war. The volume shows how gender intersected with other aspects of identity and with cultural concerns that then shaped the work of authors, critics, and readers.

    • Essays by leading, international scholars provide a wide-ranging overview of a period in history so significant to women writing professionally
    • Explores literary, historical, and cultural contexts in which Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and so many other women wrote and published
    • Discusses a breadth of genres in which women were writing including the novel, the political tract and the moral tale
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    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

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    "A welcome addition to the excellent Cambridge Companions series, this collection of clearly written essays is both interesting and informative, and fills a scholarly void."
    L. J. Larson, Choice

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    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107602557
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology
    Introduction
    1. Poetry Stephen C. Behrendt
    2. Fiction Anthony Mandal
    3. Drama Catherine Burroughs
    4. Essays and political writing Anne Mellor
    5. The gothic Angela Wright
    6. Travel writing Elizabeth A. Fay
    7. History writing and antiquarianism Crystal Lake
    8. Writing in wartime Catherine Ingrassia
    9. Enlightenment feminism and the bluestocking legacy Caroline Franklin
    10. The global context Deirdre Coleman
    11. Social, familial, and literary networks Julie A. Carlson
    12. The economics of female authorship Jacqueline M. Labbe
    13. Age and aging Devoney Looser
    14. National identities and regional affiliations Fiona Price
    15. Sexualities Jillian Heydt-Stevenson
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    Devoney Looser, Arizona State University
    Devoney Looser is Professor of English, Department of English, Arizona State University. She is author of Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750–1850 (2008) and British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670–1820 (2000), co-editor of Generations: Academic Feminists in Dialogue (1997) and editor of Jane Austen and Discourses of Feminism (1995).

    Contributors

    Stephen C. Behrendt, Anthony Mandal, Catherine Burroughs, Anne Mellor, Angela Wright, Elizabeth A. Fay, Crystal Lake, Catherine Ingrassia, Caroline Franklin, Deirdre Coleman, Julie A. Carlson, Jacqueline M. Labbe, Devoney Looser, Fiona Price, Jillian Heydt-Stevenson

    Awards

    • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2015

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