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Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend

The Quest for Knowledge

Authors: Garner, Katie

  • Adds previously unrecorded texts by women to the Arthurian canon
  • Traces in new detail the Arthurian sources Romantic women writers read and how they shaped their imaginative responses
  • Connects Victorian Arthurian literature with Romantic treatments of Arthur in Gothic poetry, travel writing, and literary annuals
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About this book

This book reveals the breadth and depth of women’s engagements with Arthurian romance in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Tracing the variety of women’s responses to the medieval revival through Gothic literature, travel writing, scholarship, and decorative gift books, it argues that differences in the kinds of Arthurian materials read by and prepared for women produced a distinct female tradition in Arthurian writing. Examining the Arthurian interests of the best-selling female poets of the day, Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and uncovering those of many of their contemporaries, the Arthurian myth in the Romantic period is a vibrant location for debates about the function of romance, the role of the imagination, and women’s place in literary history. 

About the authors

Katie Garner is a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Reviews

“Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend wears its intellectual rigour with elegance and manages to be fluent and readable while demon­strably being the product of erudite and incisive research. … Garner’s book will be of enormous benefit to scholars of nineteenth-century Arthurania and medievalism, as well as to scholars researching nineteenth-century women’s reading practices and negotiations with the literary marketplace more generally.” (Clare Broome Saunders, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol. 38 (1), 2019)

“Engagingly written and painstakingly researched, this book provides an insightful and multifaceted view of Romantic women writers’ relationship with Arthurian legend.” (Lisa Plummer Crafton, Medievally Speaking, medievallyspeaking.blogspot.com, August, 2018)
“Meticulously researched and elegantly organized, Katie Garner’s Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend is the most extensive study to date of what British women writers of the Romantic era knew about Arthurian stories, showing how they imaginatively adapted these often insubstantial and fragmentary sources into works expressive of their own concerns and desires.   Scholars of nineteenth-century poetry, especially of Tennyson, will find Garner’s exploration of the themes and language of women’s writing enlightening.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the development of nineteenth-century medievalism.” (Clare A. Simmons, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Ohio State University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-18

    Garner, Katie

  • Arthuriana for the ‘Fair Sex’: Gender Politics and the Reception of Romance

    Pages 19-68

    Garner, Katie

  • Haunting Beginnings: Women’s Gothic Verse and King Arthur

    Pages 69-114

    Garner, Katie

  • Next Steps: Recovering the Arthurian Past in Women’s Travel and Topographical Writing

    Pages 115-162

    Garner, Katie

  • The Rise of the Female Arthurianist: Satire and Scholarship

    Pages 163-215

    Garner, Katie

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eBook £71.50
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Hardcover £89.99
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Softcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95566-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend
Book Subtitle
The Quest for Knowledge
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59712-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59712-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59711-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95566-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 311
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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