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Historical Women's Writing


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This series explores a wide range of women’s writing from across the world, spanning several centuries up to the First World War. Each volume consists of a collection of essays focusing on a specific theme, time-period, genre, or author, ranging from the canonical to lesser-known and neglected writers. These books will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of literature and history, as well as for more general readers with an interest in historical women writers and their work.

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Marie Corelli: Modernism, Morality, and Metaphysics

Marie Corelli: Modernism, Morality, and Metaphysics

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Carol Margaret Davison, Elaine M. Hartnell
November 13, 2019

This collection reappraises and retheorizes Marie Corelli’s diverse fictional writings and locates them in their contemporary literary and social context. Marie Corelli [1855-1924] was a fabulously popular novelist in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Yet, in her day, critics...

Locating Ann Radcliffe

Locating Ann Radcliffe

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Andrew Smith, Mark Bennett
October 14, 2019

This volume broadens the critical understanding of Ann Radcliffe’s work and includes explorations of the publication history of her work, her engagement with contemporary accounts of aesthetics, her travel writing, and her poetry. Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the best-selling author of the...

Women’s Writing from Wales before 1914

Women’s Writing from Wales before 1914

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jane Aaron
October 08, 2019

This essay collection rediscovers and reassesses a host of still little-known, pre-1914, Welsh women writers. In the last few decades considerable advances have been made towards rediscovering, contextualising, and analysing women’s writing from Wales. The combined influences of the post-...

Children’s Literature in the Long 19th Century

Children’s Literature in the Long 19th Century

1st Edition

Catherine Butler, Ann Alston
August 20, 2019

In this collection the multidimensional story of children’s literature in the formative period of the long nineteenth century is illuminated, questioned, and, in some respects, rewritten. Children’s literature might be characterised as the love-child of the Enlightenment and the Romantic movements...

Suffrage and Women's Writing

Suffrage and Women's Writing

1st Edition

June Hannam, Katherine Holden
August 13, 2019

This volume examines different types of women’s creative writing in support of the demand for the parliamentary vote, including autobiographies, memoirs, letters, diaries, novels, and drama. The women’s suffrage movement became far more visible in the Edwardian period. Large demonstrations and...

Bicentennial Essays on Jane Austen’s Afterlives

Bicentennial Essays on Jane Austen’s Afterlives

1st Edition

Annika Bautz, Sarah Wootton
August 13, 2019

This collection is concerned with the changing approaches to Jane Austen, her writings, and her afterlives, over the past two hundred years. It reflects on, and broadens understanding of, the cultural reach and reimaginings of Austen in view of the bicentennial celebrations of her published novels...

Mary Hays's 'Female Biography': Collective Biography as Enlightenment Feminism

Mary Hays's 'Female Biography': Collective Biography as Enlightenment Feminism

1st Edition

Mary Spongberg, Gina Luria Walker
February 26, 2019

The essays included in Mary Hays’s ‘Female Biography’: Collective Biography as Enlightenment Feminism emerge from the authors’ collaboration in producing the first modern edition of Hays’s work in the Chawton House Library Edition (2013, 2014). This book explores Hays’s larger ambitions to lay the...

Women's Writing of the First World War

Women's Writing of the First World War

1st Edition

Emma Liggins, Elizabeth Nolan
August 21, 2018

The First World War was a transformative experience for women, facilitating their entry into new spaces and alternative spheres of activity, both on the home front and on the edges of danger zones in Europe and beyond. The centenary of the conflict is an appropriate moment to reassess what we...

Katherine Philips: Form, Reception, and Literary Contexts

Katherine Philips: Form, Reception, and Literary Contexts

1st Edition

Marie-Louise Coolahan, Gillian Wright
May 10, 2018

Katherine Philips (1632–1664) is widely regarded as a pioneering figure within English-language women’s literary history. Best known as a poet, she was also a skilled translator, letter writer and literary critic whose subjects ranged from friendship and retirement to politics and public life. Her...

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