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Biographical misrepresentations of British women writers : a hall of mirrors and the long nineteenth century

Author: Brenda Ayres
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] ©2017
Series: Palgrave studies in life writing.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brenda Ayres
ISBN: 3319567497 9783319567495
OCLC Number: 978522490
Description: xiv, 291 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction; or What you will / Brenda Ayres --
Genteel appropriations of Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689-1762): Lady Louisa Stuart, William Moy Thomas, and the rigors of Victorian memoir / Magdalena Nerio --
A vindication of the woman as Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) / Brenda Ayres --
Artifact or artifice? The epistolary image of Mary Hays (1759-1843) / Sarah Faulkner --
"So Irish; so modish, so mixtish so wild" Syney Owenson (Lady Morgan; 1783-1859) & the makings of a life / Julie Donovan --
Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-1838): whose poetess? / Katherine Montwieler --
The after-lives of Felicia Hemans (1793-1835): biographical misconstructions / Helen Luu --
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876): autobiography, biography, and literary legacies / Deborah A. Logan --
"Stuck through with a pin, and beautifully preserved": curating the life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) / Elizabeth Way --
Caroline Norton (1808-1877): the injured wife, scandal, and the politics of feminist memory / Gail Savage --
The biographer as biographee: Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) / Anna Koustinoudi --
Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855): (un)masked author to mythic woman / Sarah E. Maier --
An unconventional and contradictory life: Lady Florence Dixie (1855-1905) / Taryne Jade Taylor --
"A woman whom men could more than love": transfiguring the unlovely in George Eliot (1819-1880) / Nancy Marck Cantwell --
Irony up ironcy: the persistance of Gordon Haight's perceptions of Edith Simcox (1844-1901) / Constance M. Fulmer.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in life writing.
Responsibility: Brenda Ayres, editor.

Abstract:

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.--Publisher.

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