Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution

Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution

by Adriana Craciun
     
 

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… See more details below

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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 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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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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“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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791490648
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
09/18/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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