A Literary History of Womens Writing in Britain, 1660-1789 by Susan StavesA Literary History of Womens Writing in Britain, 1660-1789 by Susan Staves

A Literary History of Womens Writing in Britain, 1660-1789

bySusan Staves

Paperback | July 12, 2010

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Drawing on three decades of feminist scholarship bent on rediscovering lost and abandoned women writers, Susan Staves provides a comprehensive history of women's writing in Britain from the Restoration to the French Revolution. This major work of criticism also offers fresh insights about women's writing in all literary forms, not only fiction, but also poetry, drama, memoir, autobiography, biography, history, essay, translation and the familiar letter. Authors celebrated in their own time and who have been neglected, and those who have been revalued and studied, are given equal attention. The book's organisation by chronology and its attention to history challenge the way we periodise literary history. Each chapter includes a list of key works written in the period covered, as well as a narrative and critical assessment of the works. This magisterial work includes a comprehensive bibliography and list of prevalent editions of the authors discussed.
Title:A Literary History of Womens Writing in Britain, 1660-1789Format:PaperbackDimensions:550 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:July 12, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521130514

ISBN - 13:9780521130516

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Public women: the Restoration to the death of Aphra Behn, 1660-1689; 2. Partisans of virtue and religion, 1689-1702; 3. Politics, gallantry, and ladies in the reign of Queen Anne 1702-1714; 4. Battle joined, 1715-1737; 5. Women as members of the literary family, 1737-1756; 6. Bluestockings and sentimental writers, 1756-1776; 7. Romance and comedy, 1777-1789; Recommended modern editions; Select bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

"...her account of 129 years of women's writing promises to redirect the future course of feminist literary history....Her book tells a story of the "rise of the woman writer," whose combined achievements and compromises she calls "bittersweet." Her history is consistently useful and inspiring from its Introduction to its select Bibliography....exemplifies a new direction for the history of eighteenth-century women's writing." --Deborah Heller, Western New Mexico University, The Scriblerian