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Literary Relations: Kinship and the Canon 1660-1830

Jane Spencer


This book argues that kinship relations between writers, both literal and figurative, played a central part in the creation of a national tradition of English literature in the years 1660-1830. Weaving together biographical readings, reception study, and feminist cultural analysis, it offers a new picture of the English literary canon as a symbolic family. Through studies of writing relationships, including those between William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Henry and Sarah Fielding, Frances and Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, it shows that kinship between writer ... More

Keywords: literary tradition, patrilineal inheritance, mentor, family, women writers, writing relationships, novel, Romanticism, Dryden, Wordsworth

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262960
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262960.001.0001


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Jane Spencer, author
Reader in English Literature, University of Exeter
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