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Criticism

Ed. Mary A. Waters

The Criticism portion of the Poetess Archive provides a searchable database of criticism and biography by and about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers published from the eighteenth-century up to our own time.  While many results, especially of more recent materials, will offer bibliographic information only, search criteria can be narrowed to include only full-text results, and soon, all of these will have been critically edited as well as digitized. 

Current editorial goals for the Criticism Archive emphasize providing full-text, critically-edited transcriptions of literary criticism by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers.

Featured August 2015: more Literary Criticism written by Anna Letitia Barbauld, ed. Mary Water, is now available--

"Robert Bage" from The British Novelists
"De Foe" from The British Novelists
"Fielding" from The British Novelists
"Goldsmith" from The British Novelists
Richard Graves from The British Novelists
"Hawkesworth" from The British Novelists
"Johnson" from The British Novelists
"Mackenzie" from The British Novelists
"Dr. Moore" from The British Novelists
"Smollet" from The British Novelists
"Walpole" from The British Novelists

Additionally, Dr. Waters has created a page of bibliographies for all the people mentioned in Anna Barbauld's literary criticism:
People List

Featured 2012to 2013: Literary Criticism written by Anna Letitia Barbauld, ed. Mary Water

"Mrs. Brooke" from The British Novelists
"Miss Burney" from The British Novelists
"Miss Edgeworth" from The British Novelists
"Mrs. Inchbald" from The British Novelists
"Mrs. Lennox" from The British Novelists
"Mrs. Radcliffe" from The British Novelists
"Clara Reeve" from The British Novelists
"Mrs. Charlotte Smith" from The British Novelists
Essay on Akenside's Pleasures of the Imagination
On the Poetical Works of Mr. William Collins
On Novel Writing
On the Origin and Progress of Novel Writing
Richardson
The Life of Samuel Richardson
Preliminary Essay to the Spectator

Mary A. Waters, editor of the Criticism Archive, is Associate Professor of English at Wichita State University.  Specializing in literary criticism by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British women writers, Dr. Waters is author of  British Women Writers and the Profession of Literary Criticism, 1789-1832 and the editor of British Women Writers of the Romantic Period: An Anthology of their Literary Criticism.  Her essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in venues such as Eighteenth-Century StudiesNineteenth-Century ProseWomen’s Writing, and a collection on abolition and affect forthcoming from Ashgate. 


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