First published in 2006. Women and Romanticism’s third volume covers Poetics, the Novel and Authorship and brings together work on poetics, the novel and authorship. Joanna Baillie and Elizabeth Hamilton wrote manifestoes not terribly different in kind from those produced by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and excerpts from their work are included here. But Romantic-era women writers more often make statements about art and poetics covertly, in poems and in tales as well as in biographical writing, and the editor acknowledges this tendency in the third volume by drawing upon these genres. Until the 1980s, a five-volume collection of materials on ‘Women and Romanticism’ would have been inconceivable, since Romantic studies largely restricted itself to a consideration of the major male poets of the period (William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats), When women were present in accounts of Romanticism, they were considered in terms of their literary function (as objects of representation), or in relation to their domestic (as mothers, daughters, wives and lovers of the authors). Indeed, the first Romantic women writers to enter academic discourse were those with familial connections to the canonized poets: Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley and Dorothy Wordsworth. Other writers of interest in the 1970s included Frances Burney and Jane Austen.
Table of Contents
Volume I, Education and Employment in the Early Romantic Period, PART 1 Education and Employment, 1790–1796 PART 2 The Monthly Magazine and ‘Female Talents’ VOLUME II Education and Employment in the Later Romantic Period PART 1 Education and the Rights of Woman, 1798–1803, PART 2 Education and Female Influence, 1803–1830 VOLUME III Poetics, the Novel and Authorship PART 1 Reading, Poetics, and the Novel, PART 2 Authorship and the Biographical Impulse, PART 3 Biographical Memoirs from The Lady’s Monthly Museum, VOLUME IV The Only Child; or Portia Bellenden VOLUME V The Golden Violet, with its Tales of Romance and Chivalry: and Other Poems.
Edited by Roxanne Eberle, University of Georgia Research Center