Novel Histories: British Women Writing History, 1760-1830

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2012 - History - 187 pages
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Novel Histories: British Women Writing History, 1760 1830 argues that British women s history and historical fiction in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries changed not only the shape but also the political significance of women s writing.At a time when women s participation in the republic of letters was both celebrated and reviled, these authors took cues from developments that revolutionized British history writing to push the limits of narrated history to respond to contemporary national politics. Through an examination of the conventions of historical and literary genres; historiography during the period; and the gendering of civic and literary roles, this study shows not only a social, political, and literary lineage among women s history writing and fiction but also among women s writing and the writing of history."
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Literariness of History
23
1 My heart will stand the test
25
Traditional Genre and Naive Historical Narrative
47
2 Political Critique in Sophia Lees The Recess and Ann Yearsleys Earl Goodwin
49
The Collapse of History and the Imaginary
69
3 Helen Maria Williams and the Regendering of History
71
4 Jane Porters Novel Histories
91
5 Mary Shelleys Foreclosed History in Valperga
111
Narrativity and Feminist History
131
6 The worthy associates of the best efforts of the best men
133
Conclusion
155
Bibliography
163
Index
179
About the Author
187
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Lisa Kasmer is an associate professor of English at Clark University.

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