Pursuing the Muses: Female Education and Nonconformist Culture, 1700-1900

Pursuing the Muses: Female Education and Nonconformist Culture, 1700-1900

by Marjorie Reeves
     
 

Local history is usually conceived in terms of buildings and activities. This book is about local history as communication in literary form. The writers speak to each other across the counties. They are linked in a Nonconformist family network and their media are vivid letters, diaries and poetry. Their commonplace books and school books tell us what they read and how… See more details below

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Local history is usually conceived in terms of buildings and activities. This book is about local history as communication in literary form. The writers speak to each other across the counties. They are linked in a Nonconformist family network and their media are vivid letters, diaries and poetry. Their commonplace books and school books tell us what they read and how they were educated. The two family collections containing this material have never been studied before from this literary viewpoint.

The first part looks at how eighteenth-century young women with literary aspirations escaped from the typical girls' school to gain their real education from male friends, advocates of the 'blue stockings'. The middle part focuses on a literary circle (mostly women) who combined spiritual piety with contemporary classical/pastoral romance, writing hymns but also exchanging playful verse with friends who were Baptist divines. The last part, covering the nineteenth century, follows this literary tradition through four generations in one village.

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Analyzing two sets of family papers, contributors look at how 18th-century young women with literary aspirations escaped from the typical girls' schooling to gain their real education from male friends (advocates of the "blue stockings"); and a literary circle of mostly women who combined spiritual piety with contemporary classical/pastoral romance, writing hymns but also exchanging playful verse with friends who were Baptist divines. The final part follows this literary tradition through four generations in one village. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780718501051
Publisher:
Continuum International Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

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