At Home in the World

Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present

Author: Maria DiBattista,Deborah Epstein Nord

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691191433

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

View: 8886


A bold literary history that says women’s writing is defined less by domestic concerns than by an engagement with public life In a bold and sweeping reevaluation of the past two centuries of women’s writing, At Home in the World argues that this work has been defined less by domestic concerns than by an active engagement with the most pressing issues of public life: from class and religious divisions, slavery, warfare, and labor unrest to democracy, tyranny, globalism, and the clash of cultures. Maria DiBattista and Deborah Epstein Nord show that even the most seemingly traditional works by British, American, and other English-language women writers redefine the domestic sphere in ways that incorporate the concerns of public life. Exploring works by a wide range of writers, including canonical, neglected, and contemporary figures, this compelling and concise literary history uncovers the public concerns of women writers who ventured into ever-wider geographical, cultural, and political territories, forging new definitions of what it means to create a home in the world.

Taking Stock – Twenty-Five Years of Comparative Literary Research

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 900441035X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 572

View: 2950


This commemorative volume offers a retrospective of the discipline as mirrored in the series Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft since its founding in 1993. Leading scholars examine issues of world literature, the history of ideas, gender studies, aesthetics and literary translation.

The Most Influential Female Writers

Author: Anne Cunningham

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1508179743

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 112

View: 8003


Women writers have historically been marginalized. This timely book offers an introduction to influential women writers spanning the globe and time periods with entries from antiquity to the present. The book addresses how history, race, class, and other social categories complicate any single defining category of the woman writer. Presenting a spectrum of diverse women writers and situating them within cultural and critical contexts, readers will understand what defines a successful woman writer, as well as a critical or subversive one.

Women Writing about Money

Women's Fiction in England, 1790-1820

Author: Edward Copeland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521616164

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

View: 5388


The fictional world of women in the time of Jane Austen set in the context of social and economic reality.

Searching for Jane Austen

Author: Emily Auerbach

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299201845

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

View: 7878


Searching for Jane Austen demolishes with wit and vivacity the often-held view of "Jane," a decorous maiden aunt writing her small drawing-room stories of teas and balls. Emily Auerbach presents a different Jane Austen—a brilliant writer who, despite the obstacles facing women of her time, worked seriously on improving her craft and became one of the world’s greatest novelists, a master of wit, irony, and character development. In this beautifully illustrated and lively work, Auerbach surveys two centuries of editing, censoring, and distorting Austen’s life and writings. Auerbach samples Austen’s flamboyant, risqué adolescent works featuring heroines who get drunk, lie, steal, raise armies, and throw rivals out of windows. She demonstrates that Austen constantly tested and improved her skills by setting herself a new challenge in each of her six novels. In addition, Auerbach considers Austen’s final irreverent writings, discusses her tragic death at the age of forty-one, and ferrets out ridiculous modern adaptations and illustrations, including ads, cartoons, book jackets, newspaper articles, plays, and films from our own time. An appendix reprints a ground-breaking article that introduced Mark Twain’s "Jane Austen," an unfinished and unforgettable essay in which Twain and Austen enter into mortal combat.

Revising Women

Eighteenth-Century "Women's Fiction" and Social Engagement

Author: Paula R. Backscheider

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780801870958

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 7156


Revising Women is a collection of essays by a distinguished group of feminist critics. Each essay is a contribution to the history of the English novel, to our understanding of literature's place in cultural debate, and to women's studies. The essays give steady attention to the ways novels participate in social processes and the ways women perceived the public sphere and stubbornly attempted to participate in it. Rich contextualization and adept use of theory reveal both the individual writer's story and the story beneath the text that is a cultural production with the potential to reveal why we and our society are as we are. Each essay develops ways of using history in relation to literature, takes up large historical events and issues, and interprets in fine detail what individuals do with them. Beginning with the fictions of the late seventeenth century, and ending with Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen, the essays in Revising Women are characterized by informed historicizing, detailed textual explication, sophisticated feminist theory, and dedicated attention to the interrelationships between life and literary works and between everyday existence and political processes.

Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen

Publisher: Artisan Shoppe


Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8951


Pride and Prejudice is a romance novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgements and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential. The comedy of the writing lies in the depiction of manners, education, and marriage and money in the British Regency. Mr Bennet of the Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is entailed, meaning that none of the girls can inherit it. Since his wife had no fortune, it is imperative that one of the girls marries well in order to support the others on his death. However, Jane Austen's opening line, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" is a sentence filled with irony and playfulness. The novel revolves around the necessity of marrying for love, not simply for monetary reasons, despite the social pressures to make a good (i.e. wealthy) match. Pride and Prejudice retains the fascination of modern readers, consistently appearing near the top of lists of "most-loved books" among both literary scholars and the general public. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature, with over 20 million copies sold, and paved the way for many archetypes that abound in modern literature. Continuing interest in the book has resulted in a number of dramatic adaptations and an abundance of novels and stories imitating Austen's memorable characters or themes.