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Women's life writing, 1700-1850 : gender, genre and authorship /
edited by Daniel Cook and Amy Culley.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
description
x, 253 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230343074 (Cloth), 9780230343078 (Cloth)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
isbn
0230343074 (Cloth)
9780230343078 (Cloth)
contents note
The air of a romance: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu constructs her life / Isobel Grundy -- Barrett writing Burney : a life among the footnotes / Catherine Delafield -- An authoress to be let : reading Laetitia Pilkington's Memoirs / Daniel Cook -- Sociability and life writing : Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi / Felicity A. Nussbaum -- Journal letters and scriblerations : Frances Burney's life writing in Paris / Peter Sabor -- A model for the British Fair : French women's life writing in Britain, 1680-1830 / Gillian Dow -- Autobiographical time and the spiritual "lives" of early Methodist women / Laura Davies -- Writing female biography : Mary Hays and the life writing of religious dissent / Felicity James -- 'Prying into the recesses of history' : women writers and the court memoir / Amy Culley -- The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson : a courtesan's Byronic self-fashioning / Sharon M. Setzer -- Remembering Wollstonecraft : feminine friendship, female subjectivity and the "invention" of the feminist heroine / Mary L. Spongberg -- Jane Austen and Charlotte Smith : biography, autobiography and the writing of women's literary history / Jennie Batchelor.
catalogue key
8582799
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-243).
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2013-02-01:
Cook (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) and Culley (Univ. of Lincoln, UK) have created a volume that advances ideas about the fashioning of female subjectivity in private and published texts. Taken as a whole, the collection (which has a chronological framework) suggests formerly unrecognized continuities and departures in life writings; for example, challenging the oft-invoked explanation of how women's writing shifted from the scandalous to spiritual and feminine modes of writing over the long 18th century. Well-known writers such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Frances Burney, Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Mary Hays, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Smith are investigated for how their life writings, and the responses to them, extend understanding of their reputations. Felicity Nussbaum's essay on Piozzi examines her contest with James Boswell over information about Samuel Johnson. Similarly, Mary Spongberg's essay, "Remembering Wollstonecraft," shows how Mary Hays struggled against William Godwin's summation of female identity in his Memoirs of Mary Wollstonecraft (first published in 1798). These analyses of life writings--secular and spiritual, conservative and rebellious--will be valuable to literary scholars interested in genre creation and historians using autobiographical material. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. C. L. Bandish Bluffton University
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Review Quotes
'This is an ambitious and very attractive volume on a topic very much at the cutting edge of research in the 18th and 19th century, which will be widely reviewed and, I am sure, added to the list of essential reading for women's writing courses and life writing courses.' - Cora Kaplan, Emeritus Professor of English, University of Southampton, UK
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Summaries
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This collection of essays examines British and Irish women's life writing 1700-1850 and explores the influence of gender on women's experiments with auto/biographical forms
Long Description
This collection of new essays by international scholars discusses British and Irish life writings 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.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This collection discusses British and Irish life writings by women in the period 1700-1850. It argues for the importance of women's life writing as part of the culture and practice of 18th-century and Romantic auto/biography, exploring the complex relationships between constructions of femininity, life writing forms and models of authorship.
Main Description
This collection discusses British and Irish life writings by women in the period 1700-1850. It argues for the importance of women's life writing as part of the culture and practice of eighteenth-century and Romantic auto/biography, exploring the complex relationships between constructions of femininity, life writing forms and models of authorship.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Contributorsp. viii
Introduction: Gender, Genre and Authorshipp. 1
The Air of a Romance: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu Constructs Her Lifep. 9
Barrett Writing Burney: A Life among the Footnotesp. 26
An Authoress to Be Let: Reading Laetitia Pilkington's Memoirsp. 39
Sociability and Life Writing: Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzip. 55
Journal Letters and Scriblerations: Frances Burney's Life Writing in Parisp. 71
A Model for the British Fair? French Women's Life Writing in Britain, 1680-1830p. 86
Autobiographical Time and the Spiritual 'Lives' of Early Methodist Womenp. 103
Writing Female Biography: Mary Hays and the Life Writing of Religious Dissentp. 117
'Prying into the Recesses of History': Women Writers and the Court Memoirp. 133
The Memoirs of Harriette Wilson: A Courtesan's Byronic Self-Fashioningp. 150
Remembering Wollstonecraft: Feminine Friendship, Female Subjectivity and the 'Invention' of the Feminist Heroinep. 165
Jane Austen and Charlotte Smith: Biography, Autobiography and the Writing of Women's Literary Historyp. 181
Notesp. 197
Select Bibliographyp. 239
Indexp. 244
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