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Published: 11 June 1998

360 Pages | 4 halftones


ISBN: 9780198183952

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The Women of Grub Street

Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730

Paula McDowell

Clarendon Press

  • Of interdisciplinary interest to readers of literature, social and publishing history, women's studies and feminism, and the history of democracy and public discourse. There is huge and steadily increasing interest in the women writers of this period.
  • The first full-length study to demonstrate the degree of involvement of women from a wide variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and religio-political allegiances in the entire process of print creation in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, a decisive period in the history of the British press.
  • Uses a broad range of literary and archival evidence to provide a wealth of new information about middling and lower-class women's political and literary lives, and to show that these women were not merely the passive distributors of other people's political ideas.
  • Examines not only women writers, but also printers, booksellers, ballad-singers, hawkers, and other producers and distributors of printed texts.