Women and Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Part One
A Checklist of General Resources, with Some Entries Relating to Earlier Centuries, to the Colonies, and to Other Nationalities

By Martin Maner, Wright State University

Bibliographies
Backscheider, Paula, Felicity Nussbaum, and Philip B. Anderson. An Annotated Bibliography of Twentieth-Century Critical Studies of Women and Literature, 1660-1800. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, 64. New York: Garland, 1977.
Fuderer, Laura Sue. The Female Bildungsroman in English: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism. New York: MLA, 1990.
Gartenberg, Patricia, and Nena Thames Whittemore, "A Checklist of English Women in Print, 1475- 1640." Bulletin of Bibliography and Magazine Notes 34.1 (1977): 1-3.
Hull, Suzanne W. Chaste, Silent, & Obedient: English Books for Women, 1475-1640. San Marino, CA: Huntington Library, 1982.
Jackson, J[ames] R[obert] de J[ager].   Romantic Poetry by Women: A Bibliography, 1770-1835.  New York: Oxford UP; Oxford: Clarendon, 1993.
Library and Information Sources on Women: A Guide to Collections in the Greater New York Area. New York: Feminist, 1988.
Smith, Hilda L., and Susan Cardinale. Women and the Literature of the Seventeenth Century: An Annotated Bibliography Based on Wing's Short-Title Catalogue. New York: Greenwood, 1990. A list of 637 books by women written between 1641 and 1700, plus a catalog of 973 books for and about women or said to be by women. An unannotated addendum lists another 183 books, plus 111 women publishers, printers, and booksellers. Indexed chronologically and topically.
Anthologies
Ashfield, Andrew, ed. Women Romantic Poets, 1770-1838: An Anthology. New York: St. Martin's, 1995.
Backscheider, Paula R., and John J. Richetti, eds.  Popular Fiction by Women 1660-1730: An Anthology.   Oxford: Clarendon, 1996.
Barratt, Alexandra, ed. Women's Writing in Middle English. White Plains: Longman, 1992.
Breen, Jennifer, ed. Women Romantic Poets 1785-1832: An Anthology. New ed. London: Everyman, 1994.
Caretta, Vincent, ed.  Unchained Voices: An Anthology of Black Authors in the English-Speaking World of the Eighteenth Century.  Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1996.
Feldman, Paula R., ed.  British Women Poets of the Romantic Era: An Anthology.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997.   Writings by 62 women poets, 1740-1840.
Fitzmaurice, James, et al., eds.   Major Women Writers of Seventeenth-Century England.  Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1997.
Folger Collective on Early Women Critics. Women Critics 1660-1820: An Anthology. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1995.
Fullard, Joyce, ed. British Women Poets, 1660-1800: An Anthology. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1990.
Graham, Elspeth, Hilary Hinds, Elaine Hobby, and Helen Wilcox, eds. Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen. London: Routledge, 1989. "This collection usefully brings before us excerpts from a dozen different female contributions to seventeenth-century life writing." [Rev. by Mary Beth Rose, Modern Philology 89.1 (1992): 571-73.] Passages by Anne Clifford, Alice Thornton, Margaret Cavendish, An Collins, Mary Carelton, Katharine Evans, Sarah Cheevers, Susanna Parr, Anne Wentworth, et al.
Greer, Germaine, et al., eds. Kissing the Rod: An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Women's Verse. London: Virago, 1988; New York: Farrar, 1989.
Harris, Sharon M., ed.  American Women Writers to 1800. New York: Oxford UP, 1996. Contains previously unpublished materials.
Hughes, Derek, gen. ed.  Eighteenth Century Women Playwrights.  London: Pickering, 2001.  6 vols.  Plays by Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, Mary Pix, Catherine Trotter, Susanna Centlivre, Elizabeth Griffith, Hannah Cowley, and Elizabeth Inchbald.
Jump, Harriet Devine, ed.  Women's Writing of the Romantic Period, 1789-1836: An Anthology.   Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1997.
Kerrigan, Catharine, ed., and Meg Bateman, trans. An Anthology of Scottish Women Poets. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 1991.
Lonsdale, Roger, ed. Eighteenth-Century Women Poets: An Oxford Anthology. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1989.
Martin, Randall, ed.  Women Writers in Renaissance England.  London: Longman, 1997.
Robinson, Jane, ed. Unsuitable for Ladies: An Anthology of Women Travellers. New York: Oxford UP, 1994 Includes travel writings by Mary Shelley.
Rogers, Katharine M., and William McCarthy, eds. The Meridian Anthology of Early Women Writers: British Literary Women from Aphra Behn to Maria Edgeworth, 1660-1800. New York: Meridian-New American Library, 1987.
Salzman, Paul, ed. An Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Fiction. The World's Classics Ser. New York: Oxford UP, 1991. Includes Aphra Behn, plus fictions by Mary Wroth and Margaret Cavendish never previously reprinted.
Travitsky, Betty, ed. The Paradise of Women: Writings by Englishwomen of the Renaissance. Contributions in Women's Studies, No. 23. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1981. Contains more than 100 selections plus historical summaries and bibliographical apparatus.
Travitsky, Betty S., and Patrick Cullen, eds. The Early Modern Englishwoman: A Facsimile Library of Essential Works. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate, 1996-1998.
Uphaus, Robert W., and Gretchen M. Foster, eds. The "Other" Eighteenth Century: English Women of Letters, 1660-1800. East Lansing: Colleagues, 1991.
Wagner-Martin, Linda, and Cathy N. Davidson, eds. The Oxford Book of Women's Writing in the United States. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995.
Wu, Duncan, ed.  Romantic Women Poets: An Anthology.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1998.
Journals
Differences. 1989- . 

Signs. 1975- . 

Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature. 1982- . 

Women's History Review. 1992- . 

Women's Studies. 1972- . 

Women's Studies Quarterly. 1981- . 

Women's Writing. 1994- . 

Women: A Cultural Review. 1990- . 

Women Studies Abstracts. 1974- .

Handbooks and General Reference
Anderson, Bonnie S., and Judith P. Zinsser. A History of Their Own: Women in Europe from Prehistory to the Present. 2 vols. New York: Harper, 1988.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, eds. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. New Haven: Yale UP, 1990.
Buck, Claire, ed. The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice, 1992.
Davidson, Cathy N., and Linda Wagner-Martin. The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1995 Over 800 alphabetical entries, with nearly 400 biographical articles ranging from the colonial period to the present.
Duby, George, and Michelle Perot, gen. eds. A History of Women in the West. 4 vols. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992-1993.
Madoc-Jones, Beryl, and Jennifer Coates. An Introduction to Women's Studies. Cambridge: Blackwell, 1995.
Sage, Lorna, ed.  The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English.  New York: Cambridge UP, 1999.
Schleuter, Paul, and Jane Schleuter, eds. An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers. New York: Garland, 1988.
Shattock, Joanne, ed. The Oxford Guide to British Women Writers. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1993. Over 400 bio-bibliographical entries, with some discussion of contemporary scholarship. The term "British" has been used loosely to allow the inclusion of writers like Nadine Gordimer, Sylvia Plath, and other non-British authors whose works have affected British writing.
Tierney, Helen, ed.  Women's Studies Encyclopedia.  Rev. ed.   Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999.  Accompanied by CD-ROM disk.
Wilson, Katharina M., Paul Schlueter, and June Schlueter, eds.  Women Writers of Great Britain and Europe: An Encyclopedia.  New York: Garland, 1997.
Web Sites
Brown University Women Writers Project
Chawton House Library and Study Centre
The Orlando Project

 

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