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Comedy and the Feminine Middlebrow Novel: Elizabeth von Arnim and Elizabeth Taylor

by Erica Brown

Elizabeth von Arnim and Elizabeth Taylor wrote witty and entertaining novels about the domestic lives of middle-class women. Widely read and enjoyed, their work was often dismissed as middlebrow. Brown argues...


The Citizen: by Ann Gomersall

by Margaret S Yoon

Ann Gomersall's The Citizen (1790) is an epistolary novel, written over two volumes. Gomersall came out of the merchant class in Leeds and little else is known about her, but she began writing to raise funds...


The History of Lady Julia Mandeville: by Frances Brooke

by Enit Karafili Steiner

Published in 1763, The History of Lady Julia Mandeville was Frances Brooke's first and most successful novel. This modern critical edition contains an introductory essay on the text, endnotes and textual variants...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part III: 1897-1903

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing both chronologically and in close detail. This final volume in Coustillas's prodigious biography examines the turbulent last...


Winifred Holtby's Social Vision: 'Members One of Another'

by Lisa Regan

Winifred Holtby (1898-1935) is best-known today for her friendship with fellow feminist and pacifist Vera Brittain and for her last novel, South Riding. This is the first monograph to provide a literary criticism...


Fashioning the Silver Fork Novel

by Cheryl A Wilson

Fashion and celebrity may be twenty-first century obsessions, but they were also key concepts in Regency culture. Both celebrated and condemned for their popularity, silver fork novels were extremely prolific...


Wordsworth's Poetic Collections, Supplementary Writing and Parodic Reception

by Brian R Bates

Wordsworth's process of revision, his organization of poetic volumes and his supplementary writings are often seen as distinct from his poetic composition. Bates asserts that an analysis of these supplementary...


Jane Austen's Civilized Women: Morality, Gender and the Civilizing Process

by Enit Karafili Steiner

Jane Austen's six complete novels and her juvenilia are examined in the context of civil society and gender. Steiner's study uses a variety of contexts to appraise Austen's work: Scottish Enlightenment theories...


Florence Macarthy: An Irish Tale: by Sydney Owenson

by Jenny McAuley

This is the first modern scholarly edition of Florence Macarthy: An Irish Tale (1818). Owenson's seventh novel, it is the most sophisticated of her four 'national tales'. Owenson combined conventional romance...


Romantic Marginality: Nation and Empire on the Borders of the Page

by Alex Watson

This is the first critical study of Romantic-era annotation or marginalia - footnotes, endnotes, glossaries - which formed a vital site of literary interaction.


Dialogue, Didacticism and the Genres of Dispute: Literary Dialogues in the Age of Revolution

by Adrian J Wallbank

Dialogue was a pivotal genre for the spread of Enlightenment ideas. Focusing on non-canonical British writers Wallbank examines the evolution of dialogue as a genre during the Romantic period.


Dying to be English: Suicide Narratives and National Identity, 1721-1814

by Kelly McGuire

This study examines the presentation of suicide within the genre of the eighteenth-century novel. Referencing several key writers of the period, McGuire demonstrates that their work inscribes a nationalist imperative...


The Business of the Novel: Economics, Aesthetics and the Case of Middlemarch

by Simon R Frost

This study shows how aesthetics and economics have been combined in a great work of literature. Frost examines the history of Middlemarch's composition and publication within the context of Victorian demand,...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part II: 1888-1897

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing both chronologically and in close detail. Part II assesses the period of Gissing's greatest authorial triumphs. His most critically...


The Celebrated Hannah Cowley: Experiments in Dramatic Genre, 1776-1794

by Angela Escott

Hannah Cowley (1743-1809) was a very successful dramatist, and something of an eighteenth-century celebrity. New critical interest in the drama of this period has meant a resurgence of interest in Cowley's writing...


Art and Womanhood in Fin-de-Siecle Writing: The Fiction of Lucas Malet, 1880-1931

by Catherine Delyfer

Lucas Malet is one of a number of forgotten female writers whose work bridges the gap between George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. Malet's writing was intrinsically linked to her passion for art. This is the first...


The Heroic Life of George Gissing, Part I: 1857-1888

by Pierre Coustillas

This ambitious three-volume biography on Gissing examines both his life and writing chronologically and in close detail. Part I covers Gissing's early life up until his establishment as a writer of moderate...


Victorian Settler Narratives: Emigrants, Cosmopolitans and Returnees in Nineteenth-Century Literature

by Tamara S Wagner

This edited collection from a distinguished group of contributors explores a range of topics including literature as imperialist propaganda, the representation of the colonies in British literature, the emergence...


Readings on Audience and Textual Materiality

by Graham Allen, Carrie Griffin & Mary O'Connell

The twelve essays in this edited collection examine the experience of reading, from the late medieval period to the twentieth century. Central to the theme of the book is the role of materiality: how the physical...


The Private History of the Court of England: by Sarah Green

by Fiona Price

Whilst an important and under-researched example of women's writing, scholars of Romanticism and the nineteenth century will also find much value in this challenging political satire.