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