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‘Oral Tradition’: The Evolution of an Eighteenth-Century Concept

Nicholas Hudson

in Tradition in Transition: Women Writers, Marginal Texts, and the Eighteenth-Century Canon

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198182887
eISBN:
9780191673900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182887.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 18th-century Literature

‘Oral tradition’, in a recognizably modern form, is a coinage of the 18th century. Yet even in the 18th century this concept was controversial and its acceptance slow and uncertain. Two major ... More


Ellen Wood, Religious Feeling, and Sensation

Beth Palmer

in Women's Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture: Sensational Strategies

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199599110
eISBN:
9780191725371
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599110.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Chapter 3 shows how Ellen Wood negotiated her way through the two seemingly conflicting discourses of sensationalism and pious Christianity. Like Braddon, Wood came under fire as a sensationalist but ... More


Familial Ghosts: Louise Stockton, Olivia Howard Dunbar, Edith Wharton, Josephine Daskam Bacon, Elia Wilkinson Peattie, Georgia Wood Pangborn, and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

in Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823229857
eISBN:
9780823241040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823229857.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter addresses a different set of female anxieties — one that has less to do with outright violence and more to do with cultural expectations and social demands. The dominant issues in ghost ... More


Geographies of Fear in the Age of Sensation

Anna Despotopoulou

in Women and the Railway, 1850-1915

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780748676941
eISBN:
9781474412407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748676941.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

Chapter 1 examines journalistic and fictional accounts of the dangers of railway travel for women, specifically, narratives of robbery, murder, sexual abuse, and rape, which, on the one hand, served ... More


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