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A Serious Occupation 

A Serious Occupation

Literary Criticism by Victorian Women Writers

Edited by: Solveig C. Robinson

Publication Date: January 01, 2003
307pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551113500 / 1551113503

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This anthology of literary criticism by Victorian women of letters brings together a wealth of difficult-to-find writings. Originally published from the 1830s through the 1890s, the essays concern a range of topics including poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, the roles of literature and of criticism, topical reviews of major works, and retrospectives of major authors. Together, they demonstrate the impressive depth and breadth of Victorian women's literary criticism.

This Broadview anthology also includes an introduction, textual and explanatory notes, author biographies, and suggestions for further reading.


"Solveig C. Robinson's important and welcome collection recovers substantial works of literary criticism by eighteen Victorian women. With knowledgeable headnotes and the helpful footnotes that are one of Broadview's special hallmarks, the book is a valuable resource for anyone working in nineteenth-century British literature." - Sally Mitchell, Temple University

Solveig C. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. 

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Anna Jameson, Characters of Intellect: Portia (1832)
Harriet Martineau, Achievements of the Genius of Scott (December 1832)
Elizabeth Rigby Eastlake, Review of Vanity Fair and Jane Eyre (December 1848)
Eliza Cook, People Who Do Not Like Poetry (1860)
Charlotte Brontë, Editor's Preface to the New Edition of Wuthering Heights (1850)
George Eliot, Silly Novels by Lady Novelists (October 1856)
Dinah Mulock Craik, To Novelists - and a Novelist (April 1861)
Janet Hamilton, The Uses and Pleasures of Poetry for the Working Classes (1863)
Geraldine Jewsbury, Review of Cometh Up as a Flower (April 1867)
Margaret Oliphant, Novels (September 1867)
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, A Remonstrance (November 1867)
Anne Mozley, On Fiction as an Educator (October 1870)
Elizabeth Julia Hasell, Browning's Poems (December 1870)
Anne Thackeray Ritchie, Jane Austen (August 1871)
Mary Augusta (Mrs. Humphry) Ward, Style and Miss Austen (December 1884)
Helen Blackburn, Women's Books - A Possible Library (May 1889)
Eliza Lynn Linton, Literature: Then and Now (April 1890)
Alice Meynell, Christina Rossetti (February 1895)

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A Serious Occupation

2003 • 307pp • Paperback • 9781551113500 / 1551113503

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