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Women Writing about Money


  • 28 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 309 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.65 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 823/.709355
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: PR868.M65 C66 1995
  • LC Subject headings:
    • English fiction--19th century--History and criticism
    • Money in literature
    • Women and literature--England--History--19th century
    • Women and literature--England--History--18th century
    • English fiction--Women authors--History and criticism

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521454612 | ISBN-10: 0521454611)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published February 1995

Replaced by 9780521616164


This study addresses a paradox in the lives of women in Jane Austen's time who had no legal access to money yet were held responsible for domestic expenditure. The book translates the fictional money of the novels of Jane Austen's day into the power of contemporary spendable incomes, and from the perspective of what the British pound could buy at the market, the economic lives of women in the novels emerge as part of a general picture of women's economic disability. Through the work of writers such as Austen and Edgeworth, as well as those of magazine fiction, the author examines the professional lives of women authors, their publishers, their profits, and the demands of their reading public. By linking authorship to the economic lives of contemporary women, Women Writing About Money links the fantasy worlds of women's fiction with the social and economic realities of both readers and writers.


Introduction; 1. The general calamity: the want of money; 2. Gothic economics: the 1790s; 3. The gifts of heaven: consumer power, 1800–1820; 4. Shopping for signs: Jane Austen and the pseudo-gentry; 5. Picturing the heroine; The Lady's Magazine 1770–1820. 6. Fictions of employment: female accomplishments; 7. Writing for money: authors and heroines; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Prize Winner

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Books for 1995

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