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Anna Jameson

Victorian, Feminist, Woman of Letters, 1st Edition

By Judith Johnston


280 pages

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Anna Brownwell Jameson (1794-1869) was a central figure in the London world of letters and art in the early Victorian period, and an important feminist writer. Her friends included such figures as Harriet Martineau, Lady Byron, Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. This study considers her life and works, using a different Jameson work as the central focus of each chapter. The author considers the particular non-fiction discourse in which the work is written, as well as such issues as gender and colonialism. Arranged chronologically, the book also charts the growth and development of a determined feminism in the vital years of the early Victorian period, and compares Jameson to her contemporaries.


'This well-researched, well-documented book, with its chronology of Jameson’s life and writing, poses a number of questions about the literary life of the time. Useful supplementary reading for graduate level literature and women’s studies classes’ Choice 'To feminist critics working in the Victorian period, Anna Jameson: Victorian, Feminist, Woman of Letters characterizes an exceptional predecessor in our line of work. To all students of nineteenth-century British and North American cultural history, this book is a constructive contribution, filling in many blanks in the lineage of middle-class women’s movements as well as middle-brow reception of arts and literature…Those committed to finding out more about Jameson and the extraordinary network of mutual support that she fostered will absorb this erudite and substantial book.' Victorian Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; ’A silent existence’: women and biography; The riddle of history: unhistorical women; Writing Romeo out: rereading Shakespeare’s women; ’Only a traveller’s tale’: gendered discourse in professional travel writing; Metamorphosed and translated: interpreting the terra incognita; Invading the house of Titian: the colonisation of Italian art; Alien aesthetics and the representation of women; ’Throwing down the partition walls’: feminist dialectics and professional work for women; Locations of the major manuscript collections; Bibliography; Works cited.

About the Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series

The Nineteenth Century Series aims to develop and promote new approaches and fresh directions in scholarship and criticism on nineteenth-century literature and culture. The series encourages work which erodes the traditional boundary between Romantic and Victorian studies and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, religious, scientific and visual cultures of the period. While British literature and culture are the core subject matter of monographs and collections in the series,  the editors encourage proposals which explore the wider, international contexts of nineteenth-century literature – transatlantic, European and global.  Print culture, including studies in the newspaper and periodical press, book history, life writing and gender studies are particular strengths of this established series as are high quality single author studies.  The series also embraces research in the field of digital humanities. The editors invite proposals from both younger and established scholars in all areas of nineteenth-century literary studies. 

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