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18 May 2016

The HH Podcast, episode 6: The Great Forgetting

The Hidden Histories podcast.

By New Statesman

Welcome to the final episode of The Great Forgetting: women writers before Austen. This week, Helen Lewis, is joined by Sophie Coulombeau and Elizabeth Edwards to explore questions of gender and canon formation.  Only recently have academics started to recognise the wealth of female intellect and labour on which better known – and largely male – writers rested their work. “Rollicking, weird, bizarre, surreal and exciting” are just some of the ways you can describe these writers’ contributions to British literature. So how do they still shape our concept of novel writing and literary fame today?

Listen in to find out which female poet was borrowed from by William Wordsworth, whose novels taught Charles Dickens to write stories about the law, and who beat Walter Scott to dominating the market in historical fiction.

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