Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World

Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World

Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World

Nineteenth-Century Women Writers of the English-Speaking World

Synopsis

Women in the nineteenth century wrote--prolifically and memorably. The original and provocative essays in this collection address a variety of aspects of the life and literature of nineteenth-century writers of distinction, who happened to be women and sometimes wrote from a women's point of view, but who always reflected the world in which they lived. The majority of the contributions are devoted to detailed analysis of the themes in the literature itself, primarily in the areas of intellectual conditioning, male-female relationships, social imperatives, and spiritual questions. The collection as a whole provides a framework for twentieth-century readers so that they may draw instructive conclusions about women's lives in the previous century.

Excerpt

The essays in this collection had their origin as papers given at the Nineteenth- Century Women Writers' International Conference in November 1980. The Conference was held under the auspices of the Hofstra Cultural Center, and was organized into panels reflecting the broad areas of general interest expressed in the papers and by the various discussants. With all supplementary oral materials deleted from the final publication, however, it was thought wiser to avoid overlapping classifications and to present the essays alphabetically by author's name.

The published proceedings of the Conference is one of a series of such meetings held at Hofstra University. Others in the series are Eighteenth-Century Women Writers and Twentieth-Century Women Writers.

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