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The Cambridge Companion to Women's Writing in Britain, 1660–1789

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Catherine Ingrassia, Mark Towsey, Betty Schellenberg, Sarah Prescott, Paula R. Backscheider, Kathryn R. King, David Shuttleton, Felicity Nussbaum, Rivka Swenson, Melinda A. Rabb, Nicola Parsons, Katherine Binhammer, Harriet Guest, Ruth Perry, Mary Waters
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  • Date Published: April 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107600980

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  • Women writers played a central role in the literature and culture of eighteenth-century Britain. Featuring essays on female writers and genres by leading scholars in the field, this Companion introduces readers to the range, significance and complexity of women's writing across multiple genres in Britain between 1660 and 1789. Divided into two parts, the Companion first discusses women's participation in print culture, featuring essays on topics such as women and popular culture, women as professional writers, women as readers and writers, and place and publication. Additionally, part one explores the ways women writers crossed generic boundaries. The second part contains chapters on many of the key genres in which women wrote including poetry, drama, fiction (early and later), history, the ballad, periodicals, and travel writing. The Companion also provides an introduction surveying the state of the field, an integrated chronology, and a guide to further reading.

    • Contains fifteen original essays from leading scholars on women's writing covering a formative period in literary history
    • Discusses key genres in which women wrote including poetry, drama, fiction, history, the ballad, periodicals, and travel writing
    • Includes an extensive guide to further reading and an integrated chronology of the period
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    'Ingrassia's introduction provides an extremely valuable overview … and the guide to further reading at the end of the volume is also particularly strong.' Jenny Davidson, Studies in English Literature

    'The full significance of literary scholars' shift away from women as novelists and towards women as playwrights, theatre managers, ballad collectors, booksellers, travel writers, and historians remains to be fully articulated, but Ingrassia's collection offers the means to begin conceptualizing this shift and its impact on the way scholars write and teach the history of literature and print.' JoEllen Delucia, Eighteenth-Century Fiction

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    • Date Published: April 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107600980
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Catherine Ingrassia
    Part I. Women in Print Culture:
    1. Women as readers and writers Mark Towsey
    2. The professional female writer Betty Schellenberg
    3. Place and publication Sarah Prescott
    4. Women and popular culture Paula R. Backscheider
    5. Genre crossings Kathryn R. King
    Part II. Genres, Modes, and Forms:
    6. Poetry David Shuttleton
    7. Drama Felicity Nussbaum
    8. History Rivka Swenson
    9. Satire Melinda A. Rabb
    10. Early fiction Nicola Parsons
    11. Later fiction Katherine Binhammer
    12. Travel writing Harriet Guest
    13. Ballads Ruth Perry
    14. Periodical writing Mary Waters
    Guide to further reading.

  • Editor

    Catherine Ingrassia, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Catherine Ingrassia is Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is the author of Authorship, Commerce, and Gender in Eighteenth-Century England: A Culture of Paper Credit (Cambridge, 1998); editor of a critical edition of Eliza Haywood's Anti-Pamela and Henry Fielding's Shamela (2004); and co-editor of A Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Culture (2005) and the anthology British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century (2009).

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    Catherine Ingrassia, Mark Towsey, Betty Schellenberg, Sarah Prescott, Paula R. Backscheider, Kathryn R. King, David Shuttleton, Felicity Nussbaum, Rivka Swenson, Melinda A. Rabb, Nicola Parsons, Katherine Binhammer, Harriet Guest, Ruth Perry, Mary Waters

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