The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain

The Professionalization of Women Writers in Eighteenth-Century Britain

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Betty A. Schellenberg
Cambridge University Press, 16/06/2005
EAN 9780521850605, ISBN10: 0521850606

Hardcover, 262 pages, 22.8 x 15 x 2.2 cm

The Professionalisation of Women Writers in Eighteenth Century Britain is a full study of a group of women who were actively and ambitiously engaged in a range of innovative publications at the height of the eighteenth century. Using personal correspondence, records of contemporary reception, research into contemporary print culture and sociological models of professionalisation, Betty A. Schellenberg challenges oversimplified assumptions of women’s cultural role in the period, focusing on those women who have been most obscured by literary history, including Frances Sheridan, Frances Brooke, Sarah Fielding and Charlotte Lennox.

‘No less striking than the subtlety and learning that distinguish this study is the energy of Schellenberg’s prose. This fine new book will establish Schellenberg as a major voice in the field.’ Thomas Keymer, University of Oxford

‘With admirable brilliance, lucidity, and grace, Schellenberg provides an illuminating corrective to assumptions that a woman writer can be defined as victim rather than as agent, or that gender is prime in determining an author’s agency. In a cogent analysis of the works of a number of women authors, she reads their writings into the public sphere. This magisterial work is required reading for students of gender, literature, and history. ‘ Betty Rizzo, Professor Emerita, The City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Centre