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Women's Diaries as Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century Novel

1st Edition

By Catherine Delafield


198 pages

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First published in 2009, this book investigates the cultural significance of nineteenth-century women’s writing and reading practices. Beginning with an examination of non-fictional diaries and the practice of diary writing, it assesses the interaction between the fictional diary and other forms of literary production such as epistolary narrative, the periodical, the factual document and sensation fiction. The discrepancies between the private diary and its use as a narrative device are explored through the writings of Frances Burney, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anne Brontë, Dinah Craik, Wilkie Collins and Bram Stoker. It also considers women as writers, readers and subjects and demonstrates ways in which women could become performers of their own story through a narrative method which was authorized by their femininity and at the same time allowed them to challenge the myth of domestic womanhood.

This book will be of interest to those studying 19th century literature and women in literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; A note on Texts; Introduction: Performing to Strangers; Part I: The Diary Model; 1. The Diary in the Nineteenth Century 2. The Female Diarist in the Nineteenth Century 3. The Diary in Print; Part 2: The Diary and Literary Production; 4. The Diary and Women Writers 5. The Diary and the Epistolary Form 6. The Diary and Serial Narrative 7. The Diary and the Documentary 8. The Diary and Sensation Fiction; Part 3: The Diary as Narrative; 9. The Diary Narrating the Novel; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Nineteenth-Century Novel

This set of 42 volumes, originally published between 1965 and 2009, are authored by renowned international scholars in the field of nineteenth century literature. They explore a variety of authors such as Dickens, Hardy, Brontë, Austen, Gaskell, Zola, Meredith, Eliot, Gissing, Hawthorne, James and Wharton. The titles also examine a wide range of themes including gender, class, religion, politics, philosophy and music.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century
LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women