Saturday, April 08, 2006

REALLY dead women writers

In response to the women writer's meme (below), and as a reminder that history goes back longer than 300 years, Bardiac posts a challenge (for me, at least): how about including some women writers pre-1800? Great question, especially since I'm really hard-pressed to come up with five whom I can recommend with any knowledge. But I can make some tentative contributions:

Louise Labe, Sonnets (there should be an accent over the e in Labe, but I'm Blogger-ignorant of how to do that)

Sappho. Don't know what a good collection is, though.

Hildegard von Bingen. Again, don't know if there's a collection of her works, but she was a German mystic (I am so ignorant, man, I don't even know what century, but if pressed I'd say 12th).

Susanna Rowson, Charlotte Temple. This one barely makes the pre-1800 cutoff: a novel that explores the dangers of callous British soldiers to impressionable young women.

er... Queen Elizabeth I has that kind of silly poem about her pug dog. Crap, I'm running out of steam here.


Jenny D said...

Margaret Cavendish, Anne Finch, Aphra Behn, Susanna Centlivre, Delariviere Manley, Eliza Haywood, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Sarah Fielding, Frances Sheridan, Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Phillis Wheatley, Amelia Opie, Mary Hays....

kermitthefrog said...

Perhaps shamefully, I'm stymied by about half of these names. (To continue in the defensive posture of my original posting, I will say that I considered putting Wheatley on there, but I don't really enjoy her that much.) Thanks for all the ideas, though!

Another Damned Medievalist said...

try "ampersandeacute;" no quotes and the actual sign rather an the word ampersand! it's similar for umlauts -- ampersanduuml;

Bardiac said...

Hey Kermit,

Thanks for contributing to the meme! I'm so excited at seeing how many people have contributed!

I'm working now on putting together a fuller post soon!

Jenny D, thanks for your contributions, too. Do you want to suggest specific works by those women?

kittenry said...

Let's not forget Mary Astell and Mary Wollstonecraft, to say nothing of Clara Reeve, Joanna Bailie, Charlotte Lennox, Elizabeth Inchbald, Hannah More, and her protege, Ann Yearsley (aka "Lactilla, the Milk-maid of Bristol").