Jane Austen and Mary Shelley and Their Sisters is an unprecedented work that provides an in-depth analysis of the work of women novelists from the Romantic age, a period that has long been exclusively designated as the province of canonized male poets. Although there are many volumes on the works of Austen and Shelley, this collection is the first to consider these writers and others in the wider context of English fiction by women during the 1780s to 1830s. Collectively, the authors examine the works of nearly fifteen women novelists of the Romantic period whose works encompass the prevailing social and political realities of the time. They demonstrate that women writers were not following a specific formula to produce their creative works but were instead responding to an insatiable market for their imaginative and infinitely varied wares. A must-read for scholars of women's studies as well as 19th century British literature, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley and Their Sisters is sure to be an important resource for years to come.
Laura Dabundo is Professor of English at Kennesaw State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Responding to the French Revolution: William's Julia and Burney's The Wanderer Chapter 3 Having Her Cake and Eating, Too: Ambivalence, Popularity, and the Psychosocial Implications of Ann Radcliffe's Fiction Chapter 4 The Preceptor as Fiend: Radcliffe's Psychology of the Gothic Chapter 5 The Treatment of Women in the Novels of Charlotte Turner Smith Chapter 6 Jane Austen's Opacities Chapter 7 Susan Ferrier's Allusions: Comedy, Morality, and the Presence of Milton Chapter 8 The Limits of Liberal Feminism in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda Chapter 9 A Reading of Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent Chapter 10 Mary Wollestonecraft and Mary Shelley: Ideological Affinities Chapter 11 The Alienation of Family in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Chapter 12 Mary Shelley, Shakespeare, and the Romantic Theatre Chapter 13 Mary Shelley and the Romance of Science Chapter 14 The Uses of Adventure: The Moral and Evangelical Robinsonnades of Agnes Strickland, Barbara Hofland and Ann Fraser Tytler Chapter 15 Representative Chronology of English Novels by Women of the Romantic Period Chapter 16 Selected Bibliography Chapter 17 Index