Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Nation, Gender and Identity

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University of Wales Press, Feb 1, 2010 - Social Science - 263 pages
The first volume in the new series Gender Studies in Wales, this book argues that the way in which people came to perceive and to represent themselves as Welsh was profoundly affected by the gender ideologies prevalent during the Romantic and Victorian periods. "Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing in Wales: Nation, Gender and Identity" introduces readers to a hundred Welsh women authors at work during the years 1780-1900, some writing in Welsh and some in English. In so doing, it rescues many of these authors from critical neglect and oblivion. In the second half of the nineteenth century in particular, Welsh women writers in both languages were numerous and enjoyed a degree of influence on Welsh culture easily commensurate with that of women writers today. By covering the nineteenth century chronologically, this book traces the coming into being of the Welsh nation as its women in particular saw it, and as they helped to create it.
 

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Contents

Prologue
1
Romantic Wales
8
Writing Ancient Britain
47
Becoming National
74
Rebels and Reactionaries
104
Developing Womens Welshlanguage Print Culture
132
Writing Young Wales
160
Epilogue
188
Notes
193
Selected Bibliography
225
Index
251
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Jane Aaron is professor of literature at the University of Glamorgan, UK.

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