Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism

Hardcover | January 15, 2009

byClare Broome Saunders

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In a thoughtful and detailed study, Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism considers the ways in which women poets, biographers, and historians used medieval motifs and settings to enable them to comment on controversial contemporary issues. Broome Saunders’ illuminating discussion focuses on women working during the socio-political and religious upheaval of the nineteenth century and mines the poetry of Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning; portrayals of Joan of Arc and Guinevere in art and literature; and non-fiction sources such as women’s letters and diaries during the Napoleonic and Crimean Wars.

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In a thoughtful and detailed study, Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism considers the ways in which women poets, biographers, and historians used medieval motifs and settings to enable them to comment on controversial contemporary issues. Broome Saunders’ illuminating discussion focuses on women working during the socio-po...

Clare Broome Saunders is Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She has written on Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Louisa Stuart Costello, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon, and her work has appeared in Victorian Poetry. 

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.6 × 5.58 × 0.74 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230607934

ISBN - 13:9780230607934

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Recasting the Courtly: Translations of Medieval Language and Form in the Nineteenth Century * “Though Females are Forbidden to Interfere in Politics”: War, Medievalism, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Writer * “It’s Strictly the Woman’s Part and Men Understand it So”: Romance, Gender and the Spectacle of the Crimean * The End of Chivalry?: Joan of Arc and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Writer * Queenship, Chivalry and “Queenly” Women in the Age of Victoria * Guinevere: The Medieval Queen in the Nineteenth Century * Re-reading Guinevere: Women Illustrators, Tennyson and Morris

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"Saunders has uncovered a wealth of material that will, I am sure, fascinate all students of the period."--Richard Cronin, University of Glasgow, Victorian Studies (Volume 52, Number 1)