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Rose Macaulay, Gender, and Modernity

Rose Macaulay, Gender, and Modernity

1st Edition

Kate Macdonald
July 27, 2017

This book is the first collection on the British author Rose Macaulay (1881-1958). The essays establish connections in her work between modernism and the middlebrow, show Macaulay’s attentiveness to reformulating contemporary depictions of gender in her fiction, and explore how her writing...

Didactic Novels and British Women's Writing, 1790-1820

Didactic Novels and British Women's Writing, 1790-1820

1st Edition

Hilary Havens
November 28, 2016

Tracing the rise of conduct literature and the didactic novel over the course of the eighteenth century, this book explores how British women used the didactic novel genre to engage in political debate during and immediately after the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Although didactic...

Dying to be English: Suicide Narratives and National Identity, 1721–1814

Dying to be English: Suicide Narratives and National Identity, 1721–1814

1st Edition

Kelly McGuire
March 03, 2016

This study examines the presentation of suicide within the genre of the eighteenth-century novel. Referencing several key writers of the period, McGuire demonstrates that their work inscribes a nationalist imperative to frame suicide as self-sacrifice....

The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889–1930

The Lesbian Muse and Poetic Identity, 1889–1930

1st Edition

Sarah Parker
January 21, 2016

Throughout history the poetic muse has tended to be (a passive) female and the poet male. This dynamic caused problems for late Victorian and twentieth-century women poets; how could the muse be reclaimed and moved on from the passive role of old? Parker looks at fin-de-siècle and modernist lyric...

Let the Flowers Go: A Life of Mary Cholmondeley

Let the Flowers Go: A Life of Mary Cholmondeley

1st Edition

Carolyn W de la L Oulton
January 21, 2016

Giving a comprehensive critique of Cholmondeley's writings, Oulton analyzes the inspiration and influences behind some of her greatest work and provides an appealing biography on a writer whose work is of increasing interest to modern scholars....

Mary Cholmondeley Reconsidered

Mary Cholmondeley Reconsidered

1st Edition

Carolyn W de la L Oulton, SueAnn Schatz
January 21, 2016

This book provides a necessary critical reappraisal of one of the most challenging and subversive of nineteenth-century women writers....

Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment

Edith Wharton's The Custom of the Country: A Reassessment

1st Edition

Laura Rattray
January 21, 2016

Bringing together leading Wharton scholars from Europe, and North America, this volume offers the first ever collection of essays on Edith Wharton's 1913 tour de force, The Custom of the Country....

The Celebrated Hannah Cowley: Experiments in Dramatic Genre, 1776–1794

The Celebrated Hannah Cowley: Experiments in Dramatic Genre, 1776–1794

1st Edition

Angela Escott
January 21, 2016

Hannah Cowley (1743–1809) was a very successful dramatist, and something of an eighteenth-century celebrity. New critical interest in the drama of this period has meant a resurgence of interest in Cowley’s writing and in the performance of her plays. This is the first substantial monograph study to...

Art and Womanhood in Fin-de-Siecle Writing: The Fiction of Lucas Malet, 1880–1931

Art and Womanhood in Fin-de-Siecle Writing: The Fiction of Lucas Malet, 1880–1931

1st Edition

Catherine Delyfer
January 21, 2016

Lucas Malet is one of a number of forgotten female writers whose work bridges the gap between George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. Malet’s writing was intrinsically linked to her passion for art. This is the first book-length study of Malet’s novels....

Jane Austen's Civilized Women: Morality, Gender and the Civilizing Process

Jane Austen's Civilized Women: Morality, Gender and the Civilizing Process

1st Edition

Enit Karafili Steiner
January 21, 2016

Jane Austen’s six complete novels and her juvenilia are examined in the context of civil society and gender. Steiner’s study uses a variety of contexts to appraise Austen’s work: Scottish Enlightenment theories of societal development, early-Romantic discourses on gender roles, modern sociological...

Fictions of Dissent: Reclaiming Authority in Transatlantic Women's Writing of the Late Nineteenth Century

Fictions of Dissent: Reclaiming Authority in Transatlantic Women's Writing of the Late Nineteenth Century

1st Edition

Sigrid Anderson Cordell
January 21, 2016

Fin-de-siècle fiction by British female aesthetes and American women regionalists stages moments of rebellion when female characters rise up and insist on the right to maintain control of their creations. Cordell asserts that these revolutionary acts constitute a transatlantic conversation about...

Ann Yearsley and Hannah More, Patronage and Poetry: The Story of a Literary Relationship

Ann Yearsley and Hannah More, Patronage and Poetry: The Story of a Literary Relationship

1st Edition

Kerri Andrews
January 21, 2016

This study offers a timely and necessary reassessment of the careers of Ann Yearsley and Hannah More. Making use of newly-discovered letters and poems, Andrews provides a full analysis of the breakdown of the two writers’ affiliation and compares it to other labouring-class relationships based on...

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