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Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Melissa Sodeman


Sentimental Memorials explores how popular women writers used the art form of the novel to record their changing relations to literary history. At the end of the eighteenth century, as sentimental fiction slipped out of emerging conceptions of literary value, Sophia Lee, Ann Radcliffe, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Robinson reflected on what changes in literature’s meaning and status would mean for their own works and legacies. Their novels provide a means of understanding how women novelists clarified, protested, and finally memorialized the historical conditions under which they wrote. Calling f ... More

Keywords: British novel, sentimental novel, eighteenth century, literature, female authorship, literary history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780804791328
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melissa Sodeman, author
Coe College, Ceder Rapids