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Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution [NOOK Book]

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This pathbreaking collection engages in the important new work of rediscovering the hundreds of British women writing during the Romantic period, women who we now realize were central, not marginal, to the poetics and ideologies of Romanticism. Yet no previous volume has focused on British women's responses to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, or on their participation in the social, economic, religious, and poetic debates surrounding these political conflicts. As the first book to represent the full...
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Overview

This pathbreaking collection engages in the important new work of rediscovering the hundreds of British women writing during the Romantic period, women who we now realize were central, not marginal, to the poetics and ideologies of Romanticism. Yet no previous volume has focused on British women's responses to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, or on their participation in the social, economic, religious, and poetic debates surrounding these political conflicts. As the first book to represent the full spectrum of women's participation in the Revolutionary debates, Rebellious Hearts uncovers a rich new field of literary and historical scholarship.
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Rebellious Hearts is a lively, engaging, and cross-disciplinary survey of British women's writings on the French Revolution. Its essays are conspicuously open-minded and historically informed, and commendably tackle little-known figures, as well as the likes of Hannah More and Frances Burney.— Linda Colley, author of Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837

"The authors of these essays have done a fine job of working with important primary sources and the most recent secondary ones. Moreover, they have done so in a remarkably savvy way, cognizant at every step of the real, actual nature of daily life in Romantic England and of the manner in which women writers used their publications in a variety of ways to engage, comment upon, shape, and otherwise manipulate public opinion."— Stephen C. Behrendt, author of Royal Mourning and Regency Culture: Elegies and Memorials of Princess Charlotte

"Rebellious Hearts derives much of its impact from its presentation of a substantial number of women writers whose published works reflect both common concerns and authorial strategies (such as a strong epistolary trend in diverse genres) and a striking range of political opinion. I was persuaded that in ignoring this rich network of conversations, we have had a seriously diminished understanding of England's debates on the French Revolution. "— Sarah M. Zimmerman, author of Romanticism, Lyricism, and History"
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This collection represents the important new work of rediscovering the hundreds of British women writing during the Romantic period, women who were central to the poetics and ideologies of Romanticism. In particular, the 14 essays focus on British women's responses to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars, as well as on their participation in the social, economic, religious, and poetic debates surrounding these political conflicts. Edited by Craciun (English, U. of Nottingham) and Lokke (English and comparative literature, U. of California). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791490648
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 590 KB

Meet the Author

Adriana Craciun is Prew-Smith Byron Lecturer in English, University of Nottingham. She is the editor of Zofloya by Charlotte Dacre.

Kari E. Lokke is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis. She is the author of Gérard de Nerval: The Poet as Social Visionary.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: British Women Writers and the French Revolution, 1789-1815 3
Revolution and Nationalism
Blurring the Borders of Nation and Gender: Mary Wollstonecraft's Character (R)evolution 33
Challenging Englishness: Frances Burney's The Wanderer 63
"The Mild Dominion of the Moon": Charlotte Smith and the Politics of Transcendence 85
Revolution and Religion
The Anxiety of (Feminine) Influence: Hannah More and Counterrevolution 109
The French, the "Long-wished-for Revolution," and the Just War in Joanna Southcott 135
Napoleon, Nationalism, and the Politics of Religion in Mariana Starke's Letters from Italy 161
Revolutionary Subjects
The New Cordays: Helen Craik and British Representations of Charlotte Corday, 1793-1800 193
Mary Hays's "Female Philosopher": Constructing Revolutionary Subjects 233
Indirect Dissent: "Landscaping" Female Agency in Amelia Alderson Opie's Poems of the 1790s 261
Revolutionary Representation
Elizabeth Inchbald, Joanna Baillie, and Revolutionary Representation in the "Romantic" Period 293
Benevolent Historian: Helen Maria Williams and Her British Readers 317
The Politics of Truth and Deception: Charlotte Smith and The French Revolution 337
Afterword 365
List of Contributors 375
Index 379
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