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Women Writers and Nineteenth-Century Medievalism

Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters

By Clare Broome Saunders

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Format: Hardcover, 230 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 March 2009
Saunders uniquely explores how women poets, biographers, historians, and visual artists used medieval motifs, forms, and settings to enable them to comment more freely on controversial contemporary issues, such as war and gender roles.

Table of Contents

Recasting the Courtly: Translations of Medieval Language and Form in the Nineteenth Century 'Though Females are Forbidden to Interfere in Politics': War, Medievalism, and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Writer 'It's Strictly the Woman's Part and Men Understand it So': Romance, Gender and the Spectacle of the Crimean The End of Chivalry?: Joan of Arc and the Nineteenth-Century Woman Writer Queenship, Chivalry and 'Queenly' Women in the Age of Victoria Guinevere: The Medieval Queen in the Nineteenth Century Re-reading Guinevere: Women Illustrators, Tennyson and Morris

About the Author

CLARE BROOME SAUNDERS is Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK.


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EAN: 9780230607934
ISBN: 0230607934
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Dimensions: 21.08 x 13.97 x 1.78 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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