This book has attempted to chart the degrees by which Western women’s literary silence was broken. Woolf dates the emergence of the middle-class woman writer to the end of the eighteenth century, an event she considers ‘of greater importance than the Crusades or the War of the Roses…. For if Pride and Prejudice matters, and Middlemarch and Villette and Wuthering Heights matter, then it matters … that women generally … took to writing.’2


Eighteenth Century Critical Position Ethical Attitude Feminist Position Important Branch 
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