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- DescriptionFocusing particularly on the critical reception of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, and George Eliot, Joanne Wilkes offers in-depth examinations of reviews by eight female critics: Maria Jane Jewsbury, Sara Coleridge, Hannah Lawrance, Jane Williams, Julia Kavanagh, Anne Mozley, Margaret Oliphant, and Mary Augusta Ward. What they wrote about women writers, and what their writings tell us about the critics' own sense of themselves as women writers, reveal the distinctive character of nineteenth-century women's contributions to literary history. Wilkes explores the different choices these critics, writing when women had to grapple with limiting assumptions about female intellectual capacities, made about how to disseminate their own writing. While several publishing in periodicals wrote anymously, others published books, articles, and reviews under their own names. Wilkes teases out the distinctiveness of nineteenth-century women's often igred contributions to the critical reception of canical women authors, and also devotes space to the pioneering efforts of Lawrance, Kavanagh, and Williams to draw attention to the long tradition of female literary activity up to the nineteenth century. She draws on commentary by male critics of the period as well, to provide context for this important contribution to the recuperation of women's critical discourse in nineteenth-century Britain.
- Author BiographyJoanne Wilkes, educated at Sydney and Oxford Universities, is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
- Author(s)Joanne Wilkes
- PublisherAshgate Publishing Group
- Date of Publication28/04/2010
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleThe Nineteenth Century Series
- Place of PublicationAldershot
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintAshgate Publishing Limited
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight530 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Series Edited byProfessor Vincent Newey,Joanne Shattock
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