Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers

This book is an investigation of the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities, gaps, and historical contexts in biographies of controversial British women who published during the long nineteenth century, many of them left unchecked and ...

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319567501

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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This book is an investigation of the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities, gaps, and historical contexts in biographies of controversial British women who published during the long nineteenth century, many of them left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. Fourteen scholars analyze the agenda, problems, and strengths of biographical material, highlighting the flaws, deficiencies, and influences that have distorted the portraits of women such as Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Hays, Sydney Owenson, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Felicia Hemans, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Caroline Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Brontë, Lady Florence Dixie, George Eliot, and Edith Simcox. Through exposing distortions, this fascinating study demonstrates that biographies are often more about the biographer than they are about the biographee and that they are products of the time in which they are written.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Romantic women s life writing

Romantic women s life writing

Robyn Asleson (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003), pp. 1–21 Ayers, Brenda, 'Introduction; or, What You Will', in Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century, ed.

Author: Susan Civale

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526101280

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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This book explores how the publication of women’s life writing influenced the reputation of its writers and of the genre itself during the long nineteenth century. It provides case studies of Frances Burney, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Robinson and Mary Hays, four writers whose names were caught up in debates about the moral and literary respectability of publishing the ‘private’. Focusing on gender, genre and authorship, this study examines key works of life writing by and about these women, and the reception of these texts. It argues for the importance of life writing—a crucial site of affective and imaginative identification—in shaping authorial reputation and afterlife. The book ultimately constructs a fuller picture of the literary field in the long nineteenth century and the role of women writers and their life writing within it.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Betwixt and Between

Betwixt and Between

Betwixt and Between identifies the biases, errors and ambiguities that have run rampant in the biographies on Mary Wollstonecraft, many of them left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication.

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781783086856

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 261

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Betwixt and Between identifies the biases, errors and ambiguities that have run rampant in the biographies on Mary Wollstonecraft, many of them left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. Brenda Ayres investigates the agenda, problems and strengths of eighteen critical biographies, beginning with William Godwin’s Memoirs (1798), ending with Charlotte Gordon’s Romantic Outlaws (2015) and including ten lesser-known biographies. Betwixt and Between synthesizes the biographies, exposes gaps and contradictions, and attempts to fill and reconcile them, supplying in the process considerable information on Wollstonecraft that has never before been published.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Reinventing Marie Corelli for the Twenty First Century

Reinventing Marie Corelli for the Twenty First Century

She has published chapters on Corelli in Silent Voices: Forgotten Novels by Victorian Women Writers and Writing Women ... and Between the Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft and Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A ...

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781783089444

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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Novelist Marie Corelli was extremely popular at the turn of the century, so much so that J. M. Stuart-Young complained about the ‘Corelli Cult’. Corelli broke all sales records during the 30 years of her publishing. Her books have enjoyed a resurgence of interest over the past two decades for various reasons but ostensibly due to their challenge to gender constrictions. Corelli’s perception of gender and her gender demeanor were complicated and mercurial. Speculation that she was transgendered, a deduction drawn from her writing and from her having lived in an intimate relationship with Bertha Vyver for 64 years, makes her a person of interest today. Additionally, her 30 novels, short stories and essays are all in print and they reflect a myriad of themes and experiences as relevant today, if not more so, than during the late Victorian period. So far, other than a special issue of ‘Women’s Writing’ in 2006, no collection of essays on Corelli has been published. ‘Reinventing Marie Corelli for the Twenty-First Century’ is the first to remedy that, prompted by her current popularity, a desire to introduce her to a new generation and to instigate critical inquiry that will offer an appreciation for her themes, style and historical place in the literary canon.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Animals and Their Children in Victorian Culture

Animals and Their Children in Victorian Culture

She is the author of Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel (Ohio ... Edith Simcox (1844–1901) in Biographies of George Eliot” in Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A Hall ...

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000760125

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Whether a secularized morality, biblical worldview, or unstated set of mores, the Victorian period can and always will be distinguished from those before and after for its pervasive sense of the "proper way" of thinking, speaking, doing, and acting. Animals in literature taught Victorian children how to be behave. If you are a postmodern posthumanist, you might argue, "But the animals in literature did not write their own accounts." Animal characters may be the creations of writers’ imagination, but animals did and do exist in their own right, as did and do humans. The original essays in Animals and Their Children in Victorian explore the representation of animals in children’s literature by resisting an anthropomorphized perception of them. Instead of focusing on the domestication of animals, this book analyzes how animals in literature "civilize" children, teaching them how to get along with fellow creatures—both human and nonhuman.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Neo Gothic Narratives

Neo Gothic Narratives

She edited Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash (2019) and Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers: A Hall of Mirrors and the Long Nineteenth Century (2017). Betwixt and Between the Biographies of Mary ...

Author: Sarah E. Maier

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785272196

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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‘Neo-Gothic Narratives’ defines and theorises what, exactly, qualifies as such a text, what mobilises the employment of the Gothic to speak to our own times, whether nostalgia plays a role and whether there is room for humour besides the sobriety and horror in these narratives across various media. What attracts us to the Gothic that makes us want to resurrect, reinvent, echo it? Why do we let the Gothic redefine us? Why do we let it haunt us? Does it speak to us through intertexuality, self-reflectivity, metafiction, immersion, affect? Are we reclaiming the history of women and other subalterns in the Gothic that had been denied in other forms of history? Are we revisiting the trauma of English colonisation and seeking national identity? Or are we simply tourists who enjoy cruising through the otherworld? The essays in this volume investigate both the readerly experience of Neo-Gothic narratives as well as their writerly pastiche.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Barbara Bodichon s Epistolary Education

Barbara Bodichon   s Epistolary Education

The contributors to Ayres's Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers warn us of the extent to which silences imposed not only by archive creators and keepers but also by the biographees themselves have consequently ...

Author: Meritxell Simon-Martin

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030414412

Category: History

Page: 293

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"This book brings together feminist histories in education with an innovative approach to epistolary narrative analytics. In deploying the notion of the epistolary bildung the author rigorously and eloquently shows how the correspondence of Barbara Bodichon can shed fresh light in a range of personal problems and public issues in women’s lives, which remain relevant today" - Maria Tamboukou, Professor of Feminist Studies, University of East London, UK This book assesses Barbara Bodichon’s significance in the history of the women’s movement in Britain by elaborating a conceptualisation of letters as sources of feminist development. Bodichon was the leader of the first women’s suffrage committee in England, which collected 1,500 signatures in favour of the female vote – a petition presented in the House of Commons by sympathising MPs to support the amendment of the 1867 Reform Bill. This book explores the significance of letter-exchange in Barbara Bodichon’s feminist becoming as she managed to mobilize partisans and secure signatures by means of chains of friendship letters spreading across the country. For letters functioned as platforms where, concomitantly to her making sense of her experiential input, Bodichon adopted, redefined and challenged circulating discourses – transforming them in the process and hence contributing to the production of feminist knowledge, intersubjectively and collaboratively in dialogue with her addressees. At the crossroads of history of feminism, gender history and history of women’s education, this book explores the significance of letter-exchange in Bodichon’s development into one of the galvanizing figures of the women’s rights movement in Victorian England.
Categories: History

Charlotte Bront Embodiment and the Material World

Charlotte Bront    Embodiment and the Material World

She has published widely on women's writing of the long nineteenth century. ... 1783–1859] & the Makings of a Life” recently appeared in the collection Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

Author: Justine Pizzo

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030348557

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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Comprising nine original essays by specialists in material culture, book history, literary criticism and curatorial and archival studies, this co-edited volume addresses a wide range of Brontë’s writing—from vignettes composed during her teenage years (“The Tea Party” and “The Secret”) to completed novels (The Professor, Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette) and unfinished works (“Ashworth” and “Emma”). In bringing to life the surprising array of embodied experiences that shaped Brontë’s creative practice (from writing to book-making, painting, and drawing), Charlotte Brontë, Embodiment and the Material World forges new connections between historical, material, and textual approaches to the author’s work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

L E L

L E L

The Lost Life and Mysterious Death of the "Female Byron" Lucasta Miller ... In Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers, ed. B. Ayres. Palgrave Studies in Life-writing, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-56750-1_6. Moore, Thomas.

Author: Lucasta Miller

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 9780525655350

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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A lost nineteenth-century literary life, brilliantly rediscovered--Letitia Elizabeth Landon, hailed as the female Byron; she changed English poetry; her novels, short stories, and criticism, like Byron though in a woman's voice, explored the dark side of sexuality--by the acclaimed author of The Brontë Myth ("wonderfully entertaining . . . spellbinding"--New York Times Book Review; "ingenious"--The New Yorker). "None among us dares to say / What none will choose to hear"--L.E.L., "Lines of Life" Letitita Elizabeth Landon--pen name L.E.L.--dared to say it and made sure she was heard. Hers was a life lived in a blaze of scandal and worship, one of the most famous women of her time, the Romantic Age in London's 1820s, her life and writing on the ascendency as Byron's came to an end. Lucasta Miller tells the full story and re-creates the literary London of her time. She was born in 1802 and was shaped by the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, a time of conservatism when values were in flux. She began publishing poetry in her teens and came to be known as a daring poet of thwarted romantic love. We see L.E.L. as an emblematic figure who embodied a seismic cultural shift, the missing link between the age of Byron and the creation of Victorianism. Miller writes of Jane Eyre as the direct connection to L.E.L.--its first-person confessional voice, its Gothic extremes, its love triangle, and in its emphasis on sadomasochistic romantic passion.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Guilt Rules All

Guilt Rules All

Her scholarly work investigates texts produced by nineteenth-century novelists from England, Scotland, and Ireland. ... Jane Austen and Philosophy, Biographical Misrepresentations of British Women Writers of the Long Nineteenth Century, ...

Author: Elizabeth Mannion

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815654988

Category: Literary Criticism

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Irish crime fiction, long present on international bestseller lists, has been knocking on the door of the academy for a decade. With a wide range of scholars addressing some of the most essential Irish detective writing, Guilt Rules All confirms that this genre has arrived. The essays collected here connect their immediate subjects—contemporary Irish crime writers—to Irish culture, literature, and history. Anchored in both canonical and emerging themes, this collection draws on established Irish studies discussions while emphasizing what is new and distinct about Irish crime fiction. Guilt Rules All considers best-sellers like Adrian McKinty and Liz Nugent, as well as other significant writers whose work may fall outside of traditional notions of Irish literature or crime fiction. The essays consider a range of themes—among them globalization, women and violence, and the Troubles—across settings and time frames, allowing readers to trace the patterns that play a meaningful role in this developing genre.
Categories: Literary Criticism