Edgeworth, Maria: Further Reading

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Lawless, Emily. Maria Edgeworth, New York: Macmillan. 1904, 220 p.

Offers a biography of Edgeworth from the English Men of Letters series.


Gallagher, Catherine. "The Changeling's Debt: Maria Edgeworth's Productive Fictions." In Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670-1820, pp. 257-327. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Discusses Edgeworth's privileged position within the early nineteenth-century literary marketplace.

Gamer, Michael. "Maria Edgeworth and the Romance of Real Life." Novel 34, no. 2 (spring 2001): 232-66.

Analyzes Edgeworth's unique approach to literary realism.

Greenfield, Susan C. "'Abroad and at Home': Sexual Ambiguity, Miscegenation, and Colonial Boundaries in Edgeworth's Belinda." PMLA 112, no. 2 (March 1997): 214-28.

Examines the oppositions between public and private spheres and between England and the British West Indies in Belinda.

Hoad, Neville. "Maria Edgeworth's Harrington: The Price of Sympathetic Representation." In British Romanticism and the Jews: History, Culture, Literature, edited by Sheila A. Spector, pp. 121-37. New York: Palgrave, 2002.

Studies Edgeworth's attempt to represent Jews in a sympathetic manner, which is complicated by issues of gender as well as social and economic class.

Kirkpatrick, Kathryn. "The Limits of Liberal Feminism in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda. "In Jane Austen and Mary Shelley and Their Sisters, edited by Laura Dabundo, pp. 73-82. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 2000.

Discusses Edgeworth's Lady Anne Percival as a model for female domestic virtue.

Kowaleski-Wallace, Beth. "Reading the Father Metaphorically." In Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy, edited by Patricia Yaeger and Beth Kowaleski-Wallace, pp. 296-316. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 1989.

Considers Edgeworth's relationship to her father and its influence on her life and writing career.

McCann, Andrew. "Conjugal Love and the Enlightenment Subject: The Colonial Context of Non-identity in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda." Novel 30, no. 1 (fall 1996): 56-77.

Examines Edgeworth's attempt in Belinda to encourage the abolition of slavery in the colonies and replace it with the culture of wage-labor.

Narain, Mona. "A Prescription of Letters: Maria Edgeworth's Letters for Literary Ladies and the Ideologies of the Public Sphere." The Journal of Narrative Technique 28, no. 3 (fall 1998): 266-86.

Discusses issues of feminine identity and the woman writer through an examination of Edgeworth's Letters for Literary Ladies.

Page, Judith. "Maria Edgeworth's Harrington: From Shylock to Shadowy Peddlers." The Wordsworth Circle 32, no. 1 (winter 2001): 9-13.

Examines Edgeworth's use of Gothic conventions to situate the figure of the Jew as an outcast in Harrington.

Schaffer, Julie. "Not Subordinate: Empowering Women in the Marriage-Plot—The Novels of Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen." Criticism 34, no. 1 (winter 1992): 51-73.

Comparative study of three marriage-plot novels: Burney's Evelina, Edgeworth's Belinda, and Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


Additional coverage of Edgeworth's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: British Writers Supplement, Vol. 3; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vols. 116, 159, 163; Feminist Writers; Literature Resource Center; Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vols. 1, 51; Something about the Author, Vol. 21; Twayne's English Authors; and World Literature and Its Times, Ed. 3.

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