“The notion that women were uniquely fashioned for the private realm is at least as old as Aristotle,” claimed Anne Vickory in her seminal article on the chronology of English women’s history. Hidden Histories delves into how women in the ‘long eighteenth century’ managed to subvert this notion through their literary lives, a realisation that has been championed from the 1970s feminist movement onwards.
Even the podcast’s premise is perspective-changing. In the standard, small-group-of-academics-have-a-friendly-chat format, it aims to retell the history of the novel. Women’s contribution to literature has long been neglected, despite the fact that the majority of 18th century novels were actually written by the, ahem, fairer sex…Read More