Women Writing about Money: Womens Fiction in England, 1790-1820 by Edward CopelandWomen Writing about Money: Womens Fiction in England, 1790-1820 by Edward Copeland

Women Writing about Money: Womens Fiction in England, 1790-1820

byEdward CopelandEditorJames Chandler

Paperback | December 2, 2004

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This study addresses a paradox in the lives of women in Jane Austen's time who had no legal access to money yet were held responsible for domestic expenditure. The book translates the fictional money of the novels of Jane Austen's day into the power of contemporary spendable incomes, and from the perspective of what the British pound could buy at the market, the economic lives of women in the novels emerge as part of a general picture of women's economic disability. Through the work of writers such as Austen and Edgeworth, as well as those of magazine fiction, the author examines the professional lives of women authors, their publishers, their profits, and the demands of their reading public. By linking authorship to the economic lives of contemporary women, Women Writing About Money links the fantasy worlds of women's fiction with the social and economic realities of both readers and writers.
Title:Women Writing about Money: Womens Fiction in England, 1790-1820Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:December 2, 2004Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521616166

ISBN - 13:9780521616164

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The general calamity: the want of money; 2. Gothic economics: the 1790s; 3. The gifts of heaven: consumer power, 1800-1820; 4. Shopping for signs: Jane Austen and the pseudo-gentry; 5. Picturing the heroine; The Lady's Magazine 1770-1820. 6. Fictions of employment: female accomplishments; 7. Writing for money: authors and heroines; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

'Copeland ... has undertaken the type of assiduous research that makes Women Writing About Money a fascinating history of the relations between economic details and gender in the period.' Amanda Gilroy, Romanticism