“A Tribe of Authoresses”
This chapter broadly outlines how the networking practices of Romanticism created unique spaces for communities of women and their literary activities. In particular, it traces the ways that women used literary networks and how these networks influenced the ways that they thought about their own identities and their identities in relation to others. Furthermore, it tracks how the protocols and norms that structured these literary networks were reflected in these women’s lives and relationships specifically, and then more broadly in the literary culture of the period by first examining networks of association or interest (groups of actual women who corresponded with and worked in community with each other), and then by turning to networks of meaning, within which authors and texts that may not traditionally seem to have any connection with each other interacted and spoke in unexpected ways. The approach allows for a more nuanced view of how networks formed and functioned during the Romantic period.
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