Janet Todd - Author

About the Author

Janet Todd is an authority on literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Aberdeen University and the President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She is the author of many books on women in literature. Her books include Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life and Jane Austen in Context.

Featured books by Janet Todd

The Jane Austen Treasury

The Jane Austen Treasury

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2017

Featuring her views on love and marriage, women's rights and society's mores, this beautiful volume looks at the facts of Austen's life and times, as well as little known stories about her novels, including: the marriage proposal that Austen accepted, only to change her mind, the mock grown-up fiction she wrote as a child, her personal connections to the Napoleonic Wars, and how her love of puzzles and verbal games influenced her writings.

Other books by Janet Todd

Aphra Behn: A Secret Life

Aphra Behn: A Secret Life

Author: Janet Todd Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

'Fascinating scholarship. Todd conveys Behn's vivacious character and the mores of the time' New York Times'All women together ought to let flowers fall upon the tomb of Aphra Behn; for it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds,' said Virginia Woolf. Yet that tomb, in Westminster Abbey, records one of the few uncontested facts about this Restoration playwright, poet of the erotic and bisexual, political propagandist, novelist and spy: the date of her death, 16 April 1689. For the rest secrecy and duplicity are almost the key to her life. She loved codes, making and breaking them; writing her life becomes a decoding of a passionate but playful woman.In this revised biography, Janet Todd draws on documents she has rediscovered in the Dutch archives, and on Behn's own writings, to tell a story of court, diplomatic and sexual intrigue, and of the rise from humble origins of the first woman to earn her living as a professional writer.Aphra Behn's first notable employment was as a royal spy in Holland; she had probably also spied in Surinam. It was not until she was in her thirties that she published the first of the nineteen plays and other works which established her fame (though not riches) among her 'good, sweet, honey-candied readers'. Many of her works were openly erotic, indeed as frank as anything by her friends Wycherley and Rochester. Some also offered an inside view of court and political intrigues, and Todd reveals the historical scandals and legal cases behind some of Behn's most famous 'fictions'.Janet Todd, novelist and internationally renowned scholar, was president of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and a Professor at Rutgers, NJ. An expert on women's writing and feminism, she has written about many writers, including Jane Austen, the Shelley Circle, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Aphra Behn.'Ground-breaking it reads quickly and lightly. Even Todd's throwaway lines are steeped in learning' Women's Review of Books'A major biography; of interest to everyone who cares about women as writers' Times Higher Education Supplement

Aphra Behn: A Secret Life

Aphra Behn: A Secret Life

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2017

The life, work and history of Aphra Behn: seventeenth century dramatist, poet, novelist, political propagandist, bisexual writer, and spy. Praise for the first hardback edition: Fascinating scholarship. Todd conveys Behn's vivacious character and the mores of the time. the New York Times Ground-breakingit reads quickly and lightly. Even Todd s throwaway lines are steeped in learning and observation. Ruth Perry, MIT, Women s Review of Books A major biography; of interest to everyone who cares about women as writers. Times Higher Education Supplement Fascinating, a page-turner and a delight, an astonishingly thorough book. Emma Donoghue All women together ought to let flowers fall on the tomb of Aphra Behn...For it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds. Virginia Woolf Aphra Behn, a spy in the Netherlands and the Americas, was the first professional woman writer. The most prolific dramatist of her age, innovative novelist, translator, lyrical and erotic poet, she expresses a frank sexuality addressing impotence, orgasm and bisexuality, whilst serving as political propagandist for the monarch. This revised biography of the extraordinary, ground-breaking writer, who is emblematic of the Restoration period, a time of masks and self-fashioning, is set in conflict-ridden England, Europe, and in the mismanaged slave colonies, following the Puritan republic in 1660. Janet Todd, novelist and internationally renowned scholar, was President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and a Professor at Rutgers, NJ. An expert on women s writing and feminism, she has published on many writers, including Jane Austen, the Shelley Circle, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Aphra Behn.

The Jane Austen Treasury

The Jane Austen Treasury

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2017

Featuring her views on love and marriage, women's rights and society's mores, this beautiful volume looks at the facts of Austen's life and times, as well as little known stories about her novels, including: the marriage proposal that Austen accepted, only to change her mind, the mock grown-up fiction she wrote as a child, her personal connections to the Napoleonic Wars, and how her love of puzzles and verbal games influenced her writings.

A Man of Genius

A Man of Genius

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Lady Susan Plays the Game

Lady Susan Plays the Game

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

A must-read for any devotee of Jane Austen, Janet Todd's 'naughty-Austen' reimagining of the epistolary novel Lady Susan will capture your literary imagination and get your heart racing. Austen's only anti-heroine, Lady Susan, is a beautiful, charming widow who has found herself, after the death of her husband, in a position of financial instability and saddled with an unmarried, clumsy and over-sensitive daughter. Faced with the unpalatable prospect of having to spend her widowed life in the countryside, Lady Susan embarks on a serious of manipulative games to ensure she can stay in town with her first passion - the card tables. Scandal inevitably ensues as she negotiates the politics of her late husband's family, the identity of a mysterious benefactor and a passionate affair with a married man. Accurate and true to Jane Austen's style, as befits Todd's position as a leading Austen scholar, this second coming of Lady Susan is as shocking, manipulative and hilarious as when Jane Austen first imagined her.

A Man of Genius

A Man of Genius

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Strange and haunting, a gothic novel with a modern consciousness. Philippa Gregory; A quirky, darkly mischievous novel about love, obsession and the burden of charisma, played out against the backdrop of Venice's watery, decadent glory. Sarah Dunant; A mesmerizing story of love and obsession in nineteenth century Venice: dark and utterly compelling. Natasha Solomons; Intriguing and entertaining; a clever, beguiling debut. Todd knows her Venice backwards. Salley Vickers; Revealing, surprising, compelling, gripping. Miriam Margolyes, actress.------ A Man of Genius portrays a psychological journey from safety into obsession and secrecy. It mirrors a physical passage from flamboyant Regency England through a Europe conquered by Napoleon. Ann, a successful writer of cheap Gothic novels, becomes obsessed with Robert James, regarded by many, including himself, as a genius, with his ideas, his talk, and his band of male followers. However, their relationship becomes tortuous, as Robert descends into violence and madness. The pair leaves London for occupied Venice, where Ann tries to cope with the monstrous ego of her lover. Forced to flee with a stranger, she delves into her past, to be jolted by a series of revelations- about her lover, her parentage, the stranger and herself.

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Jane Austen is unique among British novelists in maintaining her popular appeal while receiving more scholarly attention now than ever before. This introduction by Janet Todd, leading scholar and editor of Austen's work, explains what students need to know about her novels, life, context and reception. Each novel is discussed in detail, and the essential information is given about her life and literary influences, her novels and letters, and her impact on later literature. For this second edition, the book has been fully revised; a new chapter explores the ways in which Austen's work has prompted imitations, adaptations and creative spin-offs. Key areas of current critical focus are considered throughout, but the book's analysis remains thoroughly grounded in readings of the texts themselves. Janet Todd outlines what makes Austen's prose style so innovative and gives useful starting points for the study of the major works, with suggestions for further reading.

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/02/2015

Jane Austen is unique among British novelists in maintaining her popular appeal while receiving more scholarly attention now than ever before. This introduction by Janet Todd, leading scholar and editor of Austen's work, explains what students need to know about her novels, life, context and reception. Each novel is discussed in detail, and the essential information is given about her life and literary influences, her novels and letters, and her impact on later literature. For this second edition, the book has been fully revised; a new chapter explores the ways in which Austen's work has prompted imitations, adaptations and creative spin-offs. Key areas of current critical focus are considered throughout, but the book's analysis remains thoroughly grounded in readings of the texts themselves. Janet Todd outlines what makes Austen's prose style so innovative and gives useful starting points for the study of the major works, with suggestions for further reading.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Mary Wollstonecraft

Author: Janet Todd Format: eBook Release Date: 30/07/2014

The combination of Mary Wollstonecraft works, with her efforts to live a revolutionary inner and outer life has no equal. In her richly detailed, all-encompassing biography of the first major feminist in England, Mary Wollstonecraft, Janet Todd highlights her intellectual and sexual dilemmas, her glamorous and tumultuous life and loves. Since the first publication of Mary Wollstonecraft: A revolutionary Life in 2000, further historical evidence has been discovered - a letter to Count Bernsdorf in 1795 - and Janet Todd has revised this 2014 Bloomsbury Reader edition of her biography to reflect the new perspective this letter gives to some of the events.

Death and the Maidens

Death and the Maidens

Author: Janet Todd Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2013

1816 was the fateful year when the Romantic poet Shelley and his lover Mary shared a hectic creative and sexual menage in Switzerland with Lord Byron. This intense period drew from the men some of the greatest poetry of the age; from Mary, it elicited the seminal figures of Frankenstein and his Creature. But for other women close to Shelley it was a time of tragedy. At the heart of the story are Fanny Wollstonecraft and Harriet Westbrook, women whose lives were literally overwhelmed by him - and who both committed suicide before the year was out."e;Not only a splendid work of feminist history, this is an important addition to late 18th- and early 19-century literary criticism."e; - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Jane Austen Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels

Jane Austen Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/08/2013

Over the last 200 years, the novels of Jane Austen have been loved and celebrated across a diverse international readership. As a result, there is a bottomless appetite for detail about the woman behind the writing. Jane Austen traces her life and times; her relationships with family and friends; the attitudes and customs of the time that shaped her and were in turn shaped by her work; and the places where she lived, worked and set her novels, from rural Hampshire to fashionable Bath Spa. Chapters on each of her novels run throughout the book and place them in the context of her life. For such a renowned novelist, there is remarkably little direct material available, but this volume draws on archives for a truly insightful view.

The Cambridge Companion to 'Pride and Prejudice'

The Cambridge Companion to 'Pride and Prejudice'

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Named in many surveys as Britain's best-loved work of fiction, Pride and Prejudice is now a global brand, with film and television adaptations making Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy household names. With a combination of original readings and factual background information, this Companion investigates some of the sources of the novel's power. It explores key themes and topics in detail: money, land, characters and style. The history of the book's composition and first publication is set out, both in individual essays and in the section of chronology. Chapters on the critical reception, adaptations and cult of the novel reveal why it has become an enduing classic with a unique and timeless appeal.

The Cambridge Companion to 'Pride and Prejudice'

The Cambridge Companion to 'Pride and Prejudice'

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2013

Named in many surveys as Britain's best-loved work of fiction, Pride and Prejudice is now a global brand, with film and television adaptations making Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy household names. With a combination of original readings and factual background information, this Companion investigates some of the sources of the novel's power. It explores key themes and topics in detail: money, land, characters and style. The history of the book's composition and first publication is set out, both in individual essays and in the section of chronology. Chapters on the critical reception, adaptations and cult of the novel reveal why it has become an enduing classic with a unique and timeless appeal.

Mary Wollstonecraft An Annotated Bibliography

Mary Wollstonecraft An Annotated Bibliography

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2012

First published in 1976, this was the first comprehensive annotated bibliography of Mary Wollstonecraft's works and most of the critical and biographical comments on her in English written between 1788 and 1975. It is designed both as a research tool for scholars and students and as a revelation of the quantity and variety of comment. The book is divided into three main chronological time periods of publication date and suggests the vagaries of Wollstonecraft's posthumous reputation and indicates the peaks and troughs of interest. Known as an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights, Mary Wollstonecraft has received much critical attention with particular interest in her unorthodox lifestyle of the time and is now regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2012

Despite the astringency of her writing, Austen is often thought of as the mother of romance. She has made the Regency period (1811-1820) almost synonymous with modern popular notions of the romantic. Directly or indirectly, she has influenced romantic novels by authors such as Georgette Heyer and Daphne du Maurier and supermarket fodder of the sort published by Mills and Boon. Of all her books, though, it is Pride and Prejudice which comes closest to delivering the fairytale story of the ordinary girl who catches and marries a prince. As Janet Todd shows in this entertaining guide, however, it is not just the most inventive and ebullient of her works, but also the one which closes with the heroine most in the ascendancy and least controlled by either parent or husband. Here, for the only time in Austen's novels, the romantic dream of bourgeois individualism taming aristocratic authority actually does come true. But if, on one level, Pride and Prejudice is a reworking of the Cinderella story, it is a fiction of much greater depth than Austen's ironic, self-deprecating description of it as rather too light & bright & sparkling would suggest. Beneath the light, bright and sparkling surface, says Edward Neill, it investigates the social heart of darkness. In Pride and Prejudice, Austen explores not just what it is like to be a girl in search of a suitable husband, but what it is to be human, brilliantly illuminating the difficulties of the individual living within society and the necessity constantly to reconcile personal needs with those of the wider world around one.

Aphra Behn Studies

Aphra Behn Studies

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/09/2009

Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a major author has only recently become clear. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, Behn was denigrated for her 'unwomanly' subject matter and intellectual immodesty. In the twentieth century she has been increasingly viewed as an important dramatist and poet of the Restoration and a founder of the English novel. This book sets Behn firmly in an historical context of political factions, theatre developments and colonial encounters, and includes chapters on each of the genres in which she wrote: drama, fiction, poetry and translation, and on other aspects of her life, from her publishing struggles to her involvement in American slavery. It is an important resource for those studying seventeenth-century English literature and drama, and to those interested in the development of women's writing.

Jane Austen in Context

Jane Austen in Context

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/09/2006

This collection of essays covering many aspects of Austen's life, works and historical context provides the fullest introduction in one volume to the life and times of Jane Austen. Jane Austen in Context is a generously illustrated collection of short, lively contributions arranged alphabetically, and covering topics from biography to portraits and agriculture to transport. An essay on the reception of Austen's work is also included, showing how criticism of Austen has responded to literary movements and fashions. The volume emphasises the subtle interactions between Austen's life and times and her novels. This is a work of reference that readers and scholars of Austen will turn to again and again.

Jane Austen in Context

Jane Austen in Context

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2005

This collection of essays covering many aspects of Austen's life, works and historical context provides the fullest introduction in one volume to the life and times of Jane Austen. Jane Austen in Context is a generously illustrated collection of short, lively contributions arranged alphabetically, and covering topics from biography to portraits and agriculture to transport. An essay on the reception of Austen's work is also included, showing how criticism of Austen has responded to literary movements and fashions. The volume emphasises the subtle interactions between Austen's life and times and her novels. This is a work of reference that readers and scholars of Austen will turn to again and again.

Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/04/1999

Aphra Behn's work has always been subject to critical fashion and her literary reputation was only really secured in the closing decade of this century, especially by new historicist and feminist critics. The essays collected here represent the best of a range of contemporary critical views, discussing both Behn's drama and her prose writings. Janet Todd provides a stimulating introduction mapping Behn' s literary reception, situating the works of the critics included in a broader literary context and pointing towards Behn as a newly politicized figure at the close of the twentieth century.

Aphra Behn

Aphra Behn

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/1999

Aphra Behn's work has always been subject to critical fashion and her literary reputation was only really secured in the closing decade of this century, especially by new historicist and feminist critics. The essays collected here represent the best of a range of contemporary critical views, discussing both Behn's drama and her prose writings. Janet Todd provides a stimulating introduction mapping Behn' s literary reception, situating the works of the critics included in a broader literary context and pointing towards Behn as a newly politicized figure at the close of the twentieth century.

The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

The Secret Life of Aphra Behn

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/1996

A biography of Restoration author Aphra Behn (1641?-1689), which examines her position as the first woman to earn her living from writing, with discussion of the explicitly sexual nature of Behn's plays and poetry, and her involvement in Restoration literature, politics and intrigue.

Aphra Behn Studies

Aphra Behn Studies

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/1996

Aphra Behn was England's first professional woman writer, but her status as a major author has only recently become clear. Between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries, Behn was denigrated for her 'unwomanly' subject matter and intellectual immodesty. In the twentieth century she has been increasingly viewed as an important dramatist and poet of the Restoration and a founder of the English novel. This book sets Behn firmly in an historical context of political factions, theatre developments and colonial encounters, and includes chapters on each of the genres in which she wrote: drama, fiction, poetry and translation, and on other aspects of her life, from her publishing struggles to her involvement in American slavery. It is an important resource for those studying seventeenth-century English literature and drama, and to those interested in the development of women's writing.

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 7: Complete Plays

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 7: Complete Plays

Author: Janet Todd, Aphra Behn Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration theatre and a popular poet. This is the final volume in a set of seven which comprises a complete edition of all her works.

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 6: Complete Plays

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 6: Complete Plays

Author: Janet Todd, Aphra Behn Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration theatre and a popular poet. This is the sixth volume in a set of seven which comprises a complete edition of all her works.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment

Author: Janet Todd, Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 5

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 5

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 3

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 3

Author: Janet Todd, Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 6

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 6

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 1

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 1

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 4

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment, vol 4

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment,vol 2

Female Education in the Age of Enlightenment,vol 2

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/1996

Both men and women took part in the education debate that culminated in the 1790s with Wollstonecraft, More and Edgeworth, but positions and arguments were laid down long before by Fordyce, Gregory, Gisbourne, West, Macaulay and Chapone, as featured in this text.

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 1: Poetry

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 1: Poetry

Author: Janet Todd, Aphra Behn Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/1995

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration theatre and a popular poet. This is the first volume in a set of seven which comprises a complete edition of all her works. This volume is a collection of her poetry.

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 3: Fair Jill and Other Stories

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 3: Fair Jill and Other Stories

Author: Janet Todd, Aphra Behn Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/1995

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration theatre and a popular poet. This is the third volume in a set of seven which comprises a complete edition of all her works.

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 4: Seneca Unmask'd and Other Prose Translated

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 4: Seneca Unmask'd and Other Prose Translated

Author: Janet Todd, Aphra Behn Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/1994

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration theatre and a popular poet. This is the fourth volume in a set of seven which comprises a complete edition of all her works.

Gender, Art and Death

Gender, Art and Death

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/07/1993

In this book, Janet Todd, one of the leading authorities on seventeenth- and eighteenth century women writers, discusses gender issues from the Restoration to Romanticism investigating women authors and the fascination with culturally privileged art and with heroic death.

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 2: Love Letters

The Works of Aphra Behn: v. 2: Love Letters

Author: Janet Todd, Aphra Behn Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/07/1993

Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was one of the most successful dramatists of the Restoration theatre and a popular poet. This is the second volume in a set of seven which comprises a complete edition of all her works.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 1

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 1

Author: Janet Todd, Marilyn Butler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1989

A seven volume set of books containing all the known published writings and translations of Mary Wollstonecraft, who is generally recognised as the mother of the feminist movement. She was also an acute observer of the political upheavals of the French revolution and advocated educational reform.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 3

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 3

Author: Janet Todd, Marilyn Butler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1989

A seven volume set of books containing all the known published writings and translations of Mary Wollstonecraft, who is generally recognised as the mother of the feminist movement. She was also an acute observer of the political upheavals of the French revolution and advocated educational reform.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 5

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 5

Author: Janet Todd, Marilyn Butler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1989

A seven volume set of books containing all the known published writings and translations of Mary Wollstonecraft, who is generally recognised as the mother of the feminist movement. She was also an acute observer of the political upheavals of the French revolution and advocated educational reform.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 4

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 4

Author: Janet Todd, Marilyn Butler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1989

A seven volume set of books containing all the known published writings and translations of Mary Wollstonecraft, who is generally recognised as the mother of the feminist movement. She was also an acute observer of the political upheavals of the French revolution and advocated educational reform.

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 2

The Works of Mary Wollstonecraft Vol 2

Author: Janet Todd, Marilyn Butler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/1989

A seven volume set of books containing all the known published writings and translations of Mary Wollstonecraft, who is generally recognised as the mother of the feminist movement. She was also an acute observer of the political upheavals of the French revolution and advocated educational reform.

Feminist Literary History

Feminist Literary History

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/04/1988

In this timely book Janet Todd offers an analysis and defence of the feminist literary history practised by Elaine Showalter and other contemporary American literary critics. She argues that this approach rightly links the political concerns of feminist criticism to the uncovering of female voices embedded in history. Todd reconstructs the development of feminist literary history from the 1960s through to the present day, highlighting the central themes as well as the strengths and weaknesses. She then examines the debate between American feminist critics, on the one hand, and feminist critics inspired by the work of French theorists such as Kristeva, Irigaray and Cixous, on the other. She defends feminist literary history against its critics and casts doubt on some of the uses of psychoanalysis in feminism. Todd also considers the debate with men and assesses the relevance of academic analyses of gender, masculinity and homosexuality. Feminist Literary History is a forceful and committed work, which addresses some of the most important issues in contemporary feminist theory and literary criticism. It will be widely read as an introductory text by students in English literature, modern languages, women's studies and cultural studies.

Women and Film

Women and Film

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1988

This fourth volume in the series examines the portrayal of women in film, as well as their involvement in the medium-as filmmakers, screenwriters, actresses, critics, and characters. Distinguished North American and British scholars and film critics examine films such as Cukor's Women, Wilder's Sunset Boulevard, and Benton's Kramer vs. Kramer. Also included are articles on Jane Fonda, Marguerite Duras, and Marilyn Monroe; on realist films and television drama; and on female audience and the feminist critic. The entire collection of essays is introduced by an insightful discussion of feminist film theory.

A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800

A Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/1987

Women's Friendship in Literature

Women's Friendship in Literature

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/1983

Women Writers Talking

Women Writers Talking

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/1983

Interviews by critics and scholars with fifteen of today's foremost women writers, including Maya Angelou, A. S. Byatt, Luce Irigaray, Erica Jong, Jeanne Moreau, and Grace Paley.

Women Writers Talking

Women Writers Talking

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/06/1983

Interviews by critics and scholars with fifteen of today's foremost women writers, including Maya Angelou, A. S. Byatt, Luce Irigaray, Erica Jong, Jeanne Moreau, and Grace Paley.

Men by Women

Men by Women

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/1982

Gender and Literary Voice Volume 1

Gender and Literary Voice Volume 1

Author: Janet Todd Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/1980

Is literature androgynous? Can a language used by men effectively express women's perceptions? This book debates the presence of a distinctive female style, voice, or content in the literature written by women from the middle ages to the twentieth century. Mary Wollstonecraft and Fanny Burney wrote on the linguistic difficulties of women's prose; Virginia Woolf expressed hopes for an androgynous literary future. The authors of Gender and Literary Voice consider thematic and stylistic differences and then range themselves on both sides of this debate. The role of female experience; the passive mode; female appropriation of traditionally male forms of literature such as the bildtingsroman: semantic idiosyncrasies - these are the elusive topics raised by contemporary critics of women's literature. Among the contributors to this important volume of feminist criticism are Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Wilt, Marilyn Butler and Mary Ann Caws.

Gender and Literary Voice Volume 1

Gender and Literary Voice Volume 1

Author: Janet Todd Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/1980

Is literature androgynous? Can a language used by men effectively express women's perceptions? This book debates the presence of a distinctive female style, voice, or content in the literature written by women from the middle ages to the twentieth century. Mary Wollstonecraft and Fanny Burney wrote on the linguistic difficulties of women's prose; Virginia Woolf expressed hopes for an androgynous literary future. The authors of Gender and Literary Voice consider thematic and stylistic differences and then range themselves on both sides of this debate. The role of female experience; the passive mode; female appropriation of traditionally male forms of literature such as the bildtingsroman: semantic idiosyncrasies - these are the elusive topics raised by contemporary critics of women's literature. Among the contributors to this important volume of feminist criticism are Joyce Carol Oates, Judith Wilt, Marilyn Butler and Mary Ann Caws.

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