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Women Reviewing Women in Nineteenth Century Britain

In their November issue, Transnational Literature reviewed Joanne Wilkes’ book Women Reviewing Women in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Critical Reception of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot. Here’s a quote from the review:

In this meticulously researched book, Joanne Wilkes covers new ground on the subject of how three leading nineteenth-century novelists – Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot – were read and reviewed by women critics…
Its strength… is that it is empirical rather than theoretical. For the most part, Wilkes lets the writing of her quarries speak for itself, meaning that this monograph is readable and jargon-free, as well as intelligent.

Read the full review online

Oh, and the reviewer also has a nice word to say about Ashgate…
Ashgate has established a reputation for producing high-quality scholarly monographs, and this recent addition to their catalogue keeps their standard high.
That’s nice to hear!

Prize for Catherine Waters

Ashgate would like to congratulate Dr Catherine Waters, who earlier this year was awarded The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals‘ 2008 Robert Colby Book Prize for her book, Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words. The selection committee praised Catherine’s book as ‘an excellent in-depth study of major themes in Household Words’ and described the writing as ‘clear, lively and well-argued’. Catherine was invited to The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals’ annual conference in Minneapolis, to be honoured and presented with a plaque, and offered the opportunity to deliver ‘The Colby Prize Lecture’.

Last year, the Robert Colby Book Prize was awarded to Kathryn Ledbetter for her book Tennyson and Victorian Periodicals.