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Women's Writing, 1660-1830

Feminisms and Futures

  • Jennie Batchelor
  • Gillian Dow
  • Features top scholars in the field of eighteenth-century women’s writing

  • Takes stock of the field, and suggests future avenues of exploration

  • Seeks to recover other lesser known women writers, as well as featuring essays on more established, canonical writers


About this book


This book is about mapping the future of eighteenth-century women’s writing and feminist literary history, in an academic culture that is not shy of declaring their obsolescence. It asks: what can or should unite us as scholars devoted to the recovery and study of women’s literary history in an era of big data, on the one hand, and ever more narrowly defined specialization, on the other? Leading scholars from the UK and US answer this question in thought-provoking, cross-disciplinary and often polemical essays. Contributors attend to the achievements of eighteenth-century women writers and the scholars who have devoted their lives to them, and map new directions for the advancement of research in the area. They collectively argue that eighteenth-century women’s literary history has a future, and that feminism was, and always should be, at its heart.


Women's literary history Long eighteenth century Gender Ownership Politics feminism philosophy women writing

Editors and affiliations

  • Jennie Batchelor
    • 1
  • Gillian Dow
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Jennie Batchelor is Reader in Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kent, UK. Her latest book, Women’s Work, was issued in paperback in 2014. With Cora Kaplan, she is Co-Series Editor of Palgrave’s History of British Women’s Writing (2010-). She is currently working on the first women’s magazines. 

Gillian Dow is Associate Professor in English at the University of Southampton, UK, and Executive Director of Chawton House Library. She is the editor of several collections focusing on women writers, most recently, with Clare Hanson, Uses of Austen: Jane’s Afterlives (Palgrave, 2012). Her monograph in progress focuses on Romantic-Period translation and the novel.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Women's Writing, 1660-1830
  • Book Subtitle Feminisms and Futures
  • Editors Jennie Batchelor
    Gillian Dow
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-54381-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-71331-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-54382-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Feminism
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This is a brave and challenging Book. …we need to engage seriously with aesthetics and dare to make judgments, Most provocatively, she asks us to theorize and develop new methodologies appropriate to the very category of ‘woman writer.’” (Paula R. Backscheider, Early Modern Women Journal, Vol. 13 (2), 2019)