Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850

Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850

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This collection of new essays by international scholars discusses British and Irish life writings by women in the period 1700-1850. It argues for the importance of women's life writing, both within women's literary history and as an integral part of the culture and practice of eighteenth-century and Romantic auto/biography. The essays presented here reveal women's innovative and diverse experiments with life writing and highlight the complex relationships between conceptions of femininity, auto/biographical forms, and models of authorship in the period. They advance our understanding of canonical women writers while also recovering neglected authors, genres, and traditions to suggest the various ways in which female lives might be narrated in this period. As a group, the essays re-examine the relationships between public and private life, fact and fiction, spiritual and secular literary forms, the poetics and politics of life writing, personal histories and collective memories, in a literary period that has long been recognized as the origin of auto/biography in its modern form.unfulfilled potential.25 a#39;To Mr Cavendisha#39; is the most interesting of these poems autobiographically, since the speaker, though still ... Bathurst, she tells him in verse, suffers from a short attention span, taking up and then dropping successive hobbies, successive mistresses. ... once written on her heart will endure for ever: a#39;Deep tho unseen remains the secret wound. ... and The History of Our Own Times (1745a€“6); the leading exponent of the owntimes genre was Lady Marya#39;s own earlyanbsp;...

Title:Women's Life Writing, 1700-1850
Author: Daniel Cook, Amy Culley
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-06-29

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