British Women's Writing from Brontë to Bloomsbury, Volume 1

1840s and 1850s

  • Adrienne E. Gavin
  • Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton

Part of the British Women’s Writing from Brontë to Bloomsbury, 1840-1940 book series (BWWFBB, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 261-278

About this book


This five-volume series, British Women’s Writing From Brontë to Bloomsbury, 1840-1940, historically contextualizes and traces developments in women’s fiction from 1840 to 1940. Critically assessing both canonical and lesser-known British women’s writing decade by decade, it redefines the landscape of women’s authorship across a century of dynamic social and cultural change. With each of its volumes devoted to two decades, the series is wide in scope but historically sharply defined.

Volume 1: 1840s and 1850s inaugurates the series by historically and culturally contextualizing Victorian women’s writing distinctly within the 1840s and 1850s. Using a range of critical perspectives including political and literary history, feminist approaches, disability studies, and the history of reading, the volume’s 16 original essays consider such developments as the construction of a post-Romantic tradition, the politicization of the domestic sphere, and the development of crime and sensation writing. Centrally, it reassesses key mid-nineteenth-century female authors in the context in which they first published while also recovering neglected women writers who helped to shape the literary landscape of the 1840s and 1850s.


Politics Children's Literature Law Religion Literacy Brontë Martineau Gaskell

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrienne E. Gavin
    • 1
  • Carolyn W. de la L. Oulton
    • 2
  1. 1.ICVWWCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK
  2. 2.ICVWW, School of HumanitiesCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK

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