The History of British Women’s Writing, 1830–1880

  • Lucy Hartley

Part of the History of British Women’s Writing book series (HBWW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Introduction: The ‘Business’ of Writing Women

  3. Divisions of Writing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Joanne Shattock
      Pages 23-38
    3. Linda K. Hughes
      Pages 56-70
  4. Reading Places

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Suzanne Gilbert
      Pages 73-90
    3. Margaret Kelleher
      Pages 91-106
    4. Josephine McDonagh
      Pages 125-142
    5. Susan David Bernstein
      Pages 143-159
  5. Writing Genres

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Ella Dzelzainis
      Pages 163-177
    3. Julie Melnyk
      Pages 178-195
    4. Sharon Aronofsky Weltman
      Pages 196-211
    5. Valerie Sanders
      Pages 212-228
    6. Claire Brock
      Pages 229-243
  6. Reading Women Writing Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Alison Chapman
      Pages 247-263
    3. Lucy Hartley
      Pages 264-281
    4. Florence S. Boos
      Pages 282-302
    5. Jill Rappoport
      Pages 303-319
    6. Carolyn Burdett
      Pages 320-335
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 336-349

About this book


This volume charts the rise of professional women writers across diverse fields of intellectual enquiry and through different modes of writing in the period immediately before and during the reign of Queen Victoria. It demonstrates how, between 1830 and 1880, the woman writer became an agent of cultural formation and contestation, appealing to and enabling the growth of female readership while issuing a challenge to the authority of male writers and critics. Of especial importance were changing definitions of marriage, family and nation, of class, and of morality as well as new conceptions of sexuality and gender, and of sympathy and sensation. The result is a richly textured account of a radical and complex process of feminization whereby formal innovations in the different modes of writing by women became central to the aesthetic, social, and political formation of British culture and society in the nineteenth century.


British women's writing Authorship and gender Professional woman writer Victorian women writers Victorian female readership

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucy Hartley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English Language and LiteratureUniversity of MichiganUSA

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