Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: West, Jane
Birth Name: Jane Iliffe
Married Name: Jane West
Pseudonym: Prudentia Homespun
Pseudonym: The Author of The Advantages of Education
, novelist, poet, and dramatist, became especially well-known during the 1790s for her novels' conservative message, in terms of both political and gender ideologies. Her less-known later work is arguably more complex and interesting.
Todd, Janet, editor. Dictionary of British Women Writers. Routledge, 1989.
Balfour, Clara. A Sketch of Mrs. Trimmer. W. and F. G. Cash, 1854.
Intertextuality and Influence
A more recent generation of feminist scholars has succeeded in locating EH
in the developing tradition of women's fiction. Critic Mary Anne Schofield
has argued that her heroines are feisty feminists. Paula Backscheider
's work made a great impact. She was one of the twenty-four most-reviewed women writers of 1789-90.
Hawkins, Ann R., and Stephanie Eckroth, editors. Romantic Women Writers Reviewed. Vol. 3 vols., Ashgate Publishing Company, 2011–2013.
It talked of the need to counter her poisonous false philosophy with antidotes from the writings of a More
, a Hamilton
, and a West
Michael-Johnston, Georgina. Helen Maria Williams: Liberty, Sensibility, and Education. University of Alberta, 1998.
The writer Jane West
, replying to heavy condemnation of AS
from Thomas Percy
, offered a model of candid judgement. She agreed that Seward's prose style was not English but insisted that her poetry...
But the most interesting feature of Midnight Weddings is the discussion of novels and novel-writing with which it opens. Meeke defends the function of novels (which, of course, must offer a good moral) and the...
In addition to Catharine Cappe
's work on Sunday schools and versions of fairy stories by Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy
, the magazine reviewed work by a whole library of didactic, pedagogical, or improving writers, reprinted as...
Sense and Sensibility uses, reflects in its title, and radically alters, the paired-heroines motif made popular by Jane West
and others. If JA
's Dashwood sisters exemplify a pattern and a warning respectively, they nevertheless...
The plot follows the life-stories of two sisters (somewhat crudely distinguished for worldly selfishness on the one hand and prudent, generous sincerity on the other) and their brother, who is a spendthrift like his frivolous...
This was written quickly, but the American episodes reflect research.
Hervey, Elizabeth. “Introduction”. The History of Ned Evans (1796), edited by Helena Kelly, Pickering and Chatto, 2010, p. vii - xxii.
The Irish edition has an extended, descriptive title (absent from at least the second London edition), which promises moral and critical remarks, Anecdotes of...
The 1809 title-page quotes Shakespeare
's The Merchant of Venice. In 1811 this place is taken by lines from Henry VI Part III, in which the future Richard III avows his villainy and...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
's prefaces give some personal details and some opinions. She admires Jane West
, and hopes the cause of women will succeed to that of Abolition (now safely achieved). She argues that there ought...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
Though she mentions such writers as Eliza Haywood
and Mary Davys
, she begins her detailed discussion with the 1790s (a time which twenty years on would be regarded as somewhat late in the history...