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Palgrave Studies in Life Writing

Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century

Editors: Ayres, Brenda (Ed.)

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  • Tears down common biographical understandings of British women writers, offering these writers in a new light
  • Covers an impressive range of writers including Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Barrett Browning, the Brontes, and George Eliot
  • Connects the problem of biography to larger issues with the role of women in the nineteenth century
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About this book

This book is an investigation of the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities, gaps, and historical contexts in biographies of controversial British women who published during the long nineteenth century, many of them left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. Fourteen scholars analyze the agenda, problems, and strengths of biographical material, highlighting the flaws, deficiencies, and influences that have distorted the portraits of women such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, Sydney Owenson, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Lady Florence Dixie, George Eliot, and Edith Simcox. Through exposing distortions, this fascinating study demonstrates that biographies are often more about the biographer than they are about the biographee and that they are products of the time in which they are written.

About the authors

Brenda Ayres teaches at Liberty University and to date has published 27 books in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature. Her most recent publications are on Mary Wollstonecraft and include: Betwixt and Between the Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft, Wollstonecraft’s War with Womanhood, and An “Accountable Being”: Mary Wollstonecraft and Religion.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Introduction; or‚ What You Will

    Ayres, Brenda

    Pages 1-16

  • Genteel Appropriations of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762): Lady Louisa Stuart, William Moy Thomas, and the Rigors of Victorian Memoir

    Nerio, Magdalena

    Pages 17-36

  • A Vindication of the Woman Known as Mary Wollstonecraft (1759–1797)

    Ayres, Brenda

    Pages 37-55

  • Artifact or Artifice? The Epistolary Image of Mary Hays (1759–1843)

    Faulkner, Sarah

    Pages 57-73

  • “So Irish ; So Modish, So Mixtish, So Wild” Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan Sydney Owenson ; 1783–1859) & The Makings of a Life

    Donovan, Julie

    Pages 75-91

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-56749-5
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Softcover 103,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-85991-0
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers
Book Subtitle
A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century
Editors
  • Brenda Ayres
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Life Writing
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56750-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56750-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56749-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85991-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 291
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