This series explores a wide range of women’s writing from across the world, spanning several centuries up to the First World War. Each volume consists of a collection of essays focusing on a specific theme, time-period, genre, or author, ranging from the canonical to lesser-known and neglected writers. These books will be a valuable resource for scholars and students of literature and history, as well as for more general readers with an interest in historical women writers and their work.
By Joanne Ella Parsons, Ruth Heholt
January 29, 2024
This book explores how women writers create and question men and masculinity. As men have written women so have women written men. Debate about how men have represented women in literature has a long and distinguished history; however, there has been much less examination of the ways in which women...
By Carol Margaret Davison, Elaine M. Hartnell
October 14, 2019
This collection reappraises and retheorizes Marie Corelli’s diverse fictional writings and locates them in their contemporary literary and social context. Marie Corelli (1855-1924) was a fabulously popular novelist in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Yet, in her day, ...
By June Hannam, Katherine Holden
August 12, 2019
This volume examines different types of women’s creative writing in support of the demand for the parliamentary vote, including autobiographies, memoirs, letters, diaries, novels, and drama. The women’s suffrage movement became far more visible in the Edwardian period. Large demonstrations and ...
By Mary Spongberg, Gina Luria Walker
March 08, 2019
The essays included in Mary Hays’s ‘Female Biography’: Collective Biography as Enlightenment Feminism emerge from the authors’ collaboration in producing the first modern edition of Hays’s work in the Chawton House Library Edition (2013, 2014). This book explores Hays’s larger ambitions to lay the ...
By Jane Aaron
October 01, 2019
This essay collection rediscovers and reassesses a host of still little-known, pre-1914, Welsh women writers. In the last few decades considerable advances have been made towards rediscovering, contextualising, and analysing women’s writing from Wales. The combined influences of the post-1960s ...
By Annika Bautz, Sarah Wootton
August 12, 2019
This collection is concerned with the changing approaches to Jane Austen, her writings, and her afterlives, over the past two hundred years. It reflects on, and broadens understanding of, the cultural reach and reimaginings of Austen in view of the bicentennial celebrations of her published novels ...
By Catherine Butler, Ann Alston
August 19, 2019
In this collection the multidimensional story of children’s literature in the formative period of the long nineteenth century is illuminated, questioned, and, in some respects, rewritten. Children’s literature might be characterised as the love-child of the Enlightenment and the Romantic movements...
By Andrew Smith, Mark Bennett
October 04, 2019
This volume broadens the critical understanding of Ann Radcliffe’s work and includes explorations of the publication history of her work, her engagement with contemporary accounts of aesthetics, her travel writing, and her poetry. Ann Radcliffe (1764-1823) was the best-selling author of the ...
By Marie-Louise Coolahan, Gillian Wright
May 07, 2020
Katherine Philips (1632–1664) is widely regarded as a pioneering figure within English-language women’s literary history. Best known as a poet, she was also a skilled translator, letter writer and literary critic whose subjects ranged from friendship and retirement to politics and public life. Her ...
By Emma Liggins, Elizabeth Nolan
August 14, 2018
The First World War was a transformative experience for women, facilitating their entry into new spaces and alternative spheres of activity, both on the home front and on the edges of danger zones in Europe and beyond. The centenary of the conflict is an appropriate moment to reassess what we ...