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The Resource Roomscape : women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf, Susan David Bernstein

Roomscape : women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf, Susan David Bernstein

Label
Roomscape : women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf
Title
Roomscape
Title remainder
women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf
Statement of responsibility
Susan David Bernstein
Title variation
  • Room scape
  • Women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book examines the Reading Room of the British Museum as a space of imaginative and historically generative potential in relation to the emergence of modern women writers in Victorian and early twentieth-century London. Drawing on archival materials around this national library reading room, Roomscape is the first study that integrates documentary, theoretical, historical, and literary sources to examine the significance of this public interior space for women writers and their treatment of reading and writing spaces in literary texts. This book challenges an assessment of the Reading Room of the British Museum as a bastion of class and gender privilege, an image firmly established by Virginia Woolf's 1929 A Room of One's Own and the legions of feminist scholarship that uphold this spatial conceit. Susan David Bernstein argues not only that the British Museum Reading Room facilitated various practices of women's literary traditions, she also questions the overdetermined value of privacy and autonomy in constructions of female authorship, a principle generated from Woolf's feminist manifesto. Rather than viewing reading and writing as solitary, individual events, Roomscape considers the meaning of exteriority and the public and social and gendered dimensions of literary production. In addition to new perspectives on George Eliot, Christina Rossetti, and Virginia Woolf, Roomscape offers original research on other novelists, poets, and translators including Amy Levy, Mathilde Blind, Eleanor Marx, Clementina Black, Constance Black Garnett, A. Mary F. Robinson, and Vernon Lee (Violet Paget). Looking at the Reading Room of the British Museum as a networking site for a variety of readers, this study examines political radicals and women activists who found a transnational community in this London public space. An appendix of notable readers lists details of more than 200 women readers who registered for admission to the Reading Room of the British Museum from the middle of the nineteenth century through the early twentieth century
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Cataloging source
UKMGB
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Bernstein, Susan David
Dewey number
820.99287
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR115
LC item number
.B47 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Edinburgh critical studies in Victorian culture
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  • British Museum
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Women authors
  • Reading rooms
  • Authorship
Label
Roomscape : women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf, Susan David Bernstein
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [212]-225) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Exteriority : women readers at the British Museum -- Translation work and women's labour from the British Museum -- Poetry in the round : mutual mentorships -- Researching Romola : George Eliot and dome consciousness -- Reading Woolf's roomscapes -- Coda : closing years and afterlives -- Appendix : notable readers
Control code
ocn821697212
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 231 p.
Isbn
9780748640652
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)821697212
Label
Roomscape : women writers in the British Museum from George Eliot to Virginia Woolf, Susan David Bernstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [212]-225) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Exteriority : women readers at the British Museum -- Translation work and women's labour from the British Museum -- Poetry in the round : mutual mentorships -- Researching Romola : George Eliot and dome consciousness -- Reading Woolf's roomscapes -- Coda : closing years and afterlives -- Appendix : notable readers
Control code
ocn821697212
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 231 p.
Isbn
9780748640652
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)821697212

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