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Hannah More in Context

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ISBN 9780367553203
December 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book relocates the long life and literary career of the poet, playwright, novelist, philanthropist and teacher Hannah More (1745-1833) in the wider social and cultural contexts that shaped her, and which she helped shape in turn. One of the most influential writers and campaigners of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, More’s reputation has suffered unfairly from accusations of paternalism and provincialism, and misunderstandings of her sincerely-held but now increasingly unfamiliar evangelical beliefs. Now, in this book, readers can explore a range of essays rooted in up-to-the-minute research which examines newly-recovered archival materials and other evidence in order to present the fullest picture yet of this complex and compelling author, and the era she helped mould with her words.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Hannah More in Context

Kerri Andrews and Sue Edney

  1. Tongues in Trees: Hannah More and the Nature Inscription
  2. Robin Jarvis

  3. Feeling Good: Sentimental Virtue in Hannah More’s The Search After Happiness (1773) and "Sensibility" (1782)
  4. Rose Hilton

  5. Defending "Reason’s rein": Rationalism as Persuasive Strategy in Hannah More’s Slavery: A Poem (1788)
  6. Adam Bridgen

  7. Writing Women at Work
  8. Maeve Adams

  9. "Hunger is not a postponable want": Hannah More’s charity reconsidered
  10. Kerri Andrews

  11. Hannah More’s Percy, A Tragedy, in the Spanish and French Theatrical Contexts
  12. Begoña Lasa Álvarez

  13. The Bluestocking and the Preacher: the Bifurcated Reception of Hannah More in Scandinavia
  14. Marie Nedregotten Sørbø

  15. Hannah More’s Sympathetic Strategies: Coelebs in Search of a Wife and the Evangelical Novel
  16. Nicky Lloyd

  17. Books and Readers in Hannah More’s Coelebs in Search of a Wife
  18. Joanna Maciulewicz

  19. Hannah More Rediscoveries: Letters, Literary Manuscripts, and Inscribed Books
  20. Nicholas D. Smith

  21. Bringing More to the Fore: Championing the life and work of Hannah More in Schools and Community Education
  22. Joanne Edwards


  23. Hannah More’s Energetic Sociality: Enthusiasms and Consequences

Patricia A. Demers

An Extended Sermon on Hannah More

Rev Paula Hollingsworth

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Kerri Andrews is Reader in Women’s Literature and Textual Editing at Edge Hill University.

Sue Edney is a Lecturer teaching at Bristol University.