History of British Women's Writing

The History of British Women's Writing, 1830-1880

Volume Six

Editors: Hartley, Lucy (Ed.)

  • - Assesses the distinctive contributions of women writers to various dimensions of literary and social life in the period from 1830 to 1880
  • - Offers a new perspective on gender identity, professionalization, print culture, and place in women’s writing between 1830 and 1880
  • - Considers how women writers worked within and across genres in order to give distinctive voice to the challenges of a rapidly industrializing society and the opportunities for taking the lead in shaping culture, especially modern concepts of identity
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This volume charts the rise of professional women writers across diverse fields of intellectual enquiry and through different modes of writing in the period immediately before and during the reign of Queen Victoria. It demonstrates how, between 1830 and 1880, the woman writer became an agent of cultural formation and contestation, appealing to and enabling the growth of female readership while issuing a challenge to the authority of male writers and critics. Of especial importance were changing definitions of marriage, family and nation, of class, and of morality as well as new conceptions of sexuality and gender, and of sympathy and sensation. The result is a richly textured account of a radical and complex process of feminization whereby formal innovations in the different modes of writing by women became central to the aesthetic, social, and political formation of British culture and society in the nineteenth century.

About the authors

Lucy Hartley is Professor of English at the University of Michigan, USA. She is the author of two books, Physiognomy and the Meaning of Expression in Nineteenth-Century Culture (2001) and Democratising Beauty in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Art and the Politics of Public Life (2017), as well as numerous articles on the political and aesthetic dimensions of nineteenth-century British culture.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction: The ‘Business’ of Writing Women

    Hartley, Lucy

    Pages 1-20

  • The Feminisation of Literary Culture

    Shattock, Joanne

    Pages 23-38

  • Gender, Authorship, and the Periodical Press

    Easley, Alexis

    Pages 39-55

  • The Professional Woman Writer

    Hughes, Linda K.

    Pages 56-70

  • Mapping the Nation: Scotland and Britain

    Gilbert, Suzanne

    Pages 73-90

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Hardcover $58.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The History of British Women's Writing, 1830-1880
Book Subtitle
Volume Six
Editors
  • Lucy Hartley
Series Title
History of British Women's Writing
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58465-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58465-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58464-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 349
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