British women's life writing, 1760-1840: friendship, community, and collaboration

Culley, Amy (2014) British women's life writing, 1760-1840: friendship, community, and collaboration. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137274212

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Abstract

British Women’s Life Writing, 1760-1840 brings together for the first time a wide range of print and manuscript sources in order to explore the innovative ways in which women wrote the stories of their lives and the lives of others. It argues for the importance of personal relationships, communal affiliations, and creative collaborations in these texts, in order to challenge the traditional conception of autobiography as an individualistic practice and offer new insights into female relationships and networks in this period. By focusing on the spiritual writing of Methodist preachers, the memoirs and journals of courtesans, and British travellers’ accounts of the French Revolution, this book provides a critical assessment of the complex and often indeterminate genre of life writing and its place within women’s literary history. This is combined with detailed case studies which illuminate the self-representational strategies of canonical writers, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, and Helen Maria Williams, while also introducing new figures into the history of women’s self-narration.

Keywords:women's life writing, eighteenth-century women's writing, Romantic women writers, autobiography, biography, diaries, letters, Early Methodist women, spiritual autobiography, courtesans, Eighteenth-century actresses, scandalous memoir, travel writing, historical writing, French Revolution, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson, Mary Fletcher, Helen Maria Williams, sensibility, female community, female friendship
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:01 Aug 2014 09:36

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