Women's life writing, 1700-1850: gender, genre and authorship

Cook, Daniel and Culley, Amy (2012) Women's life writing, 1700-1850: gender, genre and authorship. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230343078

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This collection of new essays by international scholars discusses British and Irish life writing by women in the period 1700-1850. It argues for the importance of women’s life writing, both within women’s literary history and as an integral part of the culture and practice of eighteenth-century and Romantic auto/biography. The essays presented here reveal women’s innovative and diverse experiments with life writing and highlight the complex relationships between conceptions of femininity, auto/biographical forms, and models of authorship in the period. They advance our understanding of canonical women writers while also recovering neglected authors, genres, and traditions to suggest the various ways in which female lives might be narrated in this period. As a group, the essays re-examine the relationships between public and private life, fact and fiction, spiritual and secular literary forms, the poetics and politics of life writing, personal histories and collective memories, in a literary period that has long been recognized as the origin of auto/biography in its modern form.

Keywords:Eighteenth-century Life Writing, Romantic autobiography and biography, Eighteenth-century women writers
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 > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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ID Code:6359
Deposited On:28 Sep 2012 12:02

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