Women's Writing

Research from across the humanities

Celebrating women's writing as part of International Women's Day 2018

The 8th March 2018 marks International Women's Day, an acknowledgement of achievements made by women across the globe. Palgrave Macmillan is proud to present a range of research which focusses on women’s writing over time and around the world. Explore our free chapters and examine the literary impact made by Virginia Woolf, Elena Ferrante, Jane Austen and many more.

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Free Chapters

We are pleased to announce that a chapter from each of the following four books will be available to read until 5th April 2018. Simply click on the covers to access.

The role of textuality in the life and reign of Elizabeth I

Editors of Elizabeth I in Writing discuss how language and written words were used by the Queen as a tool for power and legitimization. Read more here.

Elizabeth I in Writing investigates Queen Elizabeth I as an accomplished writer in her own right as well as the subject of authors who celebrated her. With innovative essays from Brenda M. Hosington, Carole Levin, and other established and emerging experts, it reappraises Elizabeth’s translations, letters, poems and prayers through a diverse range of approaches to textuality, from linguistic and philological to literary and cultural-historical.  The book also considers Elizabeth as “authored,” studying how she is reflected in the writing of her contemporaries and reconstructing a wider web of relations between the public and private use of language in early modern culture.

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History of British Women's Writing

The History of British Women's Writing is a ten volume series which charts the development of women's contribution to the world of letters within Great Britain from medieval times to the present. Providing a clear and integrated picture of a various and influential field of research, the series aims to reflect ongoing critical debates and to point towards the future of the field. It registers the transformations which the intervention of this vital, ever-changing body of work has wrought on literary studies as a whole. Not only have more women writers become part of the larger literary canon, but gender-in language, authors, texts, audience and in the history of print culture itself- has become a central question for literary criticism and literary history.