Transnational Women Writers in the Wilmot Coterie, 1798-1840
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244 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

15 b/w illus.

Series: Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Series Vol. Number: 13

Imprint: Boydell Press

Transnational Women Writers in the Wilmot Coterie, 1798-1840

Beyond Borders and Boundaries

by Alexis Wolf

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Highlights the centrality of non-canonical, middle-ranking women writers to the production of literature and culture in Britain, Ireland, Europe and Russia in the late eighteenth century.

The Irish writers and editors Katherine (1773-1824) and Martha Wilmot (1775-1873) left a unique record of middle-ranking women's literary practices and experiences of travel in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Their manuscripts are notable for their vivid portrayal of the era's political conflicts, capturing a flight from Ireland during the Irish Rebellion (1798), time spent in Paris during the Peace of Amiens (1801-03), and extended residences in Russia during the Napoleonic Wars. However, in their accounts of these key European events, the Wilmots' manuscripts, and published work, showcase their participation in a startling range of self-educating activities, including travel writing, biography, antiquarianism, early ethnographic observation, language acquisition, translation practices and editorial work.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this book explores the collaborative relationships formed by women participating in cosmopolitan networks beyond the typical locations of the Grand Tour. Across their travels, the sisters met, engaged with, and learned from numerous key women of the time, including Princess Ekaterina Dashkova, Margaret King, Lady Mount Cashell and Helen Maria Williams. In this first full-length study to focus on the literary and cultural exchanges surrounding the Wilmot sisters, Wolf showcases how manuscript circulation, coterie engagement and transnational travel provided avenues for women to engage with the intellectual discourses from which they were often excluded.
Introduction: Beyond Borders and Boundaries
1. Women's Views of Revolutionary Europe
2. Literary and Material Sociability at Home and Abroad
3. Women's Networks of Knowledge
4. Collaborative Women's History
5. Women Writers and the Transnational Imagination
Conclusion

ALEXIS WOLF is an independent scholar. She received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London.

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Title Details

244 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

15 b/w illus.

Series: Studies in the Eighteenth Century

Series Vol. Number: 13

Imprint: Boydell Press