Women, Authorship and Literary Culture, 1690 - 1740

Sarah Prescott

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The dominant model of female authorship from 1690 to 1740 is London-centred, professional and fiction-oriented. In this engaging study, Sarah Prescott argues that alternative contexts for publication and different models of authorship were equally influential in shaping women's involvement in literary culture. In addition to acknowledging the impact of literary London on the careers, images and publication patterns of a variety of women writers, Prescott stresses the importance of provincial networks and non-metropolitan literary systems. The focus on alternative locations and contexts as influences on women writers does not mean that the commercial side of female authorship is neglected. Rather, women could use provincialism, and all it implied, as a way to shape their literary authority and market their work. This study provides an exciting and thought-provoking revision of our current conceptions of women's participation in literary culture.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Print)1-4039-0323-9
Publication statusPublished - 08 Sept 2003


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