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Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend: The Quest for Knowledge

Katie Garner

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ISBN 10: 1137597119 / ISBN 13: 9781137597113
Published by Palgrave Macmillan 2018-01-08, 2018
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Title: Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend:...

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2018-01-08

Publication Date: 2018

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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This book reveals the breadth and depth of women’s engagements with Arthurian romance in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Tracing the variety of women’s responses to the medieval revival through Gothic literature, travel writing, scholarship, and decorative gift books, it argues that differences in the kinds of Arthurian materials read by and prepared for women produced a distinct female tradition in Arthurian writing. Examining the Arthurian interests of the best-selling female poets of the day, Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landon, and uncovering those of many of their contemporaries, the Arthurian myth in the Romantic period is a vibrant location for debates about the function of romance, the role of the imagination, and women’s place in literary history. 

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“Meticulously researched and elegantly organized, Katie Garner’s Romantic Women Writers and Arthurian Legend is the most extensive study to date of what British women writers of the Romantic era knew about Arthurian stories, showing how they imaginatively adapted these often insubstantial and fragmentary sources into works expressive of their own concerns and desires.   Scholars of nineteenth-century poetry, especially of Tennyson, will find Garner’s exploration of the themes and language of women’s writing enlightening.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the development of nineteenth-century medievalism.” (Clare A. Simmons, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Ohio State University, USA)

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