Editing women’s writing, 1670–1840

Culley, Amy and Fitzer, Anna M., eds. (2017) Editing women’s writing, 1670–1840. Chawton Studies in Scholarly Editing . Routledge, Oxford and New York. ISBN 9781848935914

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This edited volume is the first to reflect on the theory and practice of editing women’s writing of the eighteenth century. The list of contributors includes experts on the fiction, drama, poetry, life writing, diaries and correspondence of familiar and lesser-known women, including Frances Burney, Delarivier Manley and Eliza Haywood. Contributions examine the demands of editing female authors more familiar to a wider readership such as Elizabeth Montagu, Mary Robinson and Helen Maria Williams, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by the recovery of authors such as Sarah Green, Charlotte Bury and Alicia LeFanu. The interpretative possibilities of editing works published anonymously and pseudonymously are considered across a range of genres. Collectively, these discussions examine the interrelation of editing and textual criticism and show how new editions might transform understandings not only of the woman writer and women’s literary history, but also of our own editorial practice.

Keywords:scholarly editing, textual criticism, women's writing, women's literary history, eighteenth-century literature
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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Deposited On:12 Mar 2018 10:56

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