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Women and Literature in Britain, 1700-1800

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ISBN-10: 0521586801

ISBN-13: 9780521586801

Edition: 2000

Authors: Vivien Jones

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This collection of new essays brings together feminist critics, cultural historians and historians of publishing to provide a unique and up-to-date introduction to womens writing and its contexts in the eighteenth century. It was during this period that women began to contribute in significantly large numbers to a rapidly-expanding print culture. This volume documents the range and diversity of that contribution. It analyses the social, legal and ideological constructions of women which female writers had to negotiate, and it explores womens writing across a wide spectrum of genres - from fiction to broadside ballads, meditative poetry to confessional memoirs - as well as womens involvement…    
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/9/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works…    

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction
Constructing Women in the Eighteenth Century
Eighteenth-Century Femininities
Writings on education and conduct: arguments for female improvement
Eighteenth-century femininity: 'a supposed sexual character'
Women and race: 'a difference of complexion'
Women, Family, and the Law
Women's status as legal and civic subjects: 'A worse condition than slavery itself'?
Women in families: the great disinheritance
Women and Print
Women and the business of print
Women readers: a case study
Writing Women in the Eighteenth Century
(Re)discovering women's texts
Women and the rise of the novel: sexual prescripts
Women poets of the eighteenth century
Women and the theatre
Women and popular culture: gender, cultural dynamics, and popular prints
Varieties of women's writing
Guide to further reading
Index