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The kinship coterie and the literary endeavors of the women in the Shelley circle.

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The kinship coterie and the literary endeavors of the women in the Shelley circle.

Joffe, Sharon Lynne.

Peter Lang Publishing Inc

2007

205 pages

$69.96

Hardcover

Studies in nineteenth-century British literature; v.24

PR5398

Joffe (British Romanticism and literature and South African literature, North Carolina State U.) considers the female relationships in the Wollstonecraft-Godwin-Shelley families, and specifically those between Mary Shelley, Claire Clairmont, and Fanny Imlay. She examines how they respond to themes raised by Mary Wollstonecraft in their writing, who she views as a mother figure. Labeling their sharing of ideas a "kinship coterie," Joffe proposes a model of authorship that sees the writer creating within a community and argues that kin is a self-selected grouping rather than a natural family unit. She also discusses Mary Shelley's relationship with Maria Reveley-Gisborne, her novels, letters, the Clairmont family papers, and compares this kinship coterie to that of the Bronte sisters.

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