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Revolutions in Taste, 1773-1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism
     

Revolutions in Taste, 1773-1818: Women Writers and the Aesthetics of Romanticism

by Fiona Price
 

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How and to what extent did women writers shape and inform the aesthetics of Romanticism? Were undervalued genres such as the romance, gothic fiction, the tale, and the sentimental and philosophical novel part of a revolution leading to newer, more democratic models of taste? Fiona Price takes up these important questions in her wide-ranging study of women's prose

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How and to what extent did women writers shape and inform the aesthetics of Romanticism? Were undervalued genres such as the romance, gothic fiction, the tale, and the sentimental and philosophical novel part of a revolution leading to newer, more democratic models of taste? Fiona Price takes up these important questions in her wide-ranging study of women's prose writing during an extended Romantic period. While she offers a re-evaluation of major women writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria Edgeworth, Ann Radcliffe and Charlotte Smith, Price also places emphasis on less well-known figures, including Joanna Baillie, Anna Letitia Barbauld, Elizabeth Hamilton and Priscilla Wakefield. The revolution in taste occasioned by their writing, she argues, was not only aesthetic but, following in the wake of British debates on the French Revolution, politically charged. Her book departs from previous studies of aesthetics that emphasize the differences between male and female writers or focus on higher status literary forms such as the treatise. In demonstrating that women writers' discussion of taste can be understood as an intervention at the most fundamental level of political involvement, Price advances our understanding of Romantic aesthetics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317063308
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/08/2016
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Fiona Price is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Chichester. She has published on eighteenth-century aesthetics, Romantic women's writing, and Scottish Common Sense Philosophy. She is also editor of Jane Porter's novel The Scottish Chiefs (1810; 2007).

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