Women's Writing 1700-1900

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For much of the twentieth century, eighteenth and nineteenth century Scottish women's writing was relegated to a predominantly invisible, largely forgotten, and sadly neglected tradition. Throughout this period, however, a significant number of women within Scotland, and across the Scottish diaspora, produced an astonishing body of writing in every form and genre available. This chapter considers these ideas in relation to Elizabeth Rae Keir. It compares Keir's printed and manuscript work to examine how she fits into the pattern of social authorship formulated by Ezell, Perkins et al. The chapter appraises the extent to which Keir can be read as an exemplar of late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Scottish women writers. It considers how she adheres to the pattern of visibility and invisibility that characterizes women's writing in the period and continues to occupy a central place in critical narratives about it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Companion to Scottish Literature
EditorsGerard Carruthers
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter34
Pages432 - 444
ISBN (Electronic)9781119651550
ISBN (Print)9781119651444
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2024

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