An Illustrious Past: Victorian Prosopography and Irish Women Writers

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dc.contributor.authorKelleher, Margaret-
dc.description.abstractIn her 2004 work, How to Make It as a Woman: Collective Biographical History from Victoria to the Present, Alison Booth has illustrated the popularity, during the Victorian period, of collected life narratives of women writers: ‘It is an old girl network that long precedes second-wave feminist commitments, and that exposes the limitations of the obligatory memorialization and recovery of “our” role models.’ The term ‘prosopography’ means literally the ‘writing of masks’, and has emerged as an accepted term for collective biography or multibiography: Lawrence Stone, writing in 1971, offers a useful definition of prosopography as ‘the investigation of the common background characteristics of a group of actors in history by means of a collective study of their lives’. Booth’s work uncovers 930 examples of all-female collections published in English between 1830 and 1940 (not including biographical collections of male and female subjects) and suggests that ‘in form and function, the hundreds of collections of female biographies might be the lost ancestors of late twentieth-century women’s studies’. Popular examples include works by Anna Jameson whose Characteristics of Women, Moral, Poetical and Historical (later published as Shakespeare’s Heroines) first published in 1832, had numerous reprintings and editions in Britain and the United States throughout the nineteenth century.en_US
dc.publisherUCD Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofDooley, T., Boyce, G., Coolahan, J. (eds.). Ireland's Polemical Past: Essays in Honour of Vincent Comerforden_US
dc.subjectVictorian prosopographyen_US
dc.subjectIrish women's prosopographyen_US
dc.subject.lcshBlackburne, E. Owens, 1848-en_US
dc.titleAn Illustrious Past: Victorian Prosopography and Irish Women Writersen_US
dc.typeBook Chapteren_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
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