© 2010

The History of British Women’s Writing, 1690–1750

  • Ros Ballaster

Part of the The History of British Women’s Writing book series (HBWW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Ros Ballaster
      Pages 1-16
  3. Debates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Karen O’Brien
      Pages 19-39
    3. E. J. Clery
      Pages 40-60
    4. Christine Gerrard
      Pages 61-78
  4. Transformations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Sharon Achinstein
      Pages 81-95
    3. Jill Campbell
      Pages 96-112
    4. Kate Williams
      Pages 113-124
  5. Writing Modes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Kathryn R. King
      Pages 127-144
    3. Jane Spencer
      Pages 145-155
    4. Shawn Lisa Maurer
      Pages 156-172
    5. Melanie Bigold
      Pages 173-186
  6. Worlds of Feeling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Jane Shaw
      Pages 189-200
    3. Toni Bowers
      Pages 201-214
    4. Moyra Haslett
      Pages 215-231
  7. Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233

About this book


This volume charts the most significant changes for a literary history of women in a period that saw the beginnings of a discourse of 'enlightened feminism'. It reveals that women engaged in forms old and new, seeking to shape and transform the culture of letters rather than simply reflect or respond to the work of their male contemporaries.


Women's Writing Eighteenth Century aesthetics culture George Bernard Shaw learning politics transformation women work writing

Editors and affiliations

  • Ros Ballaster
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of English Language and Literature, Mansfield CollegeOxford UniversityUK

About the editors

Sharon Achinstein, Reader in Renaissance English Literature, Oxford University, UK Melanie Bigold, Lecturer in English, Cardiff University, UK Toni Bowers, Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, USA Jill Campbell, Professor of English, Yale University, USA E.J. Clery, Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature, University of Southampton, UK Christine Gerrard, Lecturer in English, University of Oxford, UK Kathryn R. King, Lecturer in English, University of Montevallo, USA Moyra Haslett, Senior Lecturer in English, Queen's University, Belfast, UK Shawn Lisa Maurer, Associate Professor of English, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Karen O'Brien, Professor of English Literature, University of Warwick, UK Jane Shaw, Reader in Church History, Oxford University, UK Jane Spencer, Professor of English, Exeter University, UK Kate Williams, Independent Scholar

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