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James Lesslie

British women writers and the culture of wild nature: 1789-1815

The taste for wild nature that developed throughout the eighteenth century both influenced and was in turn shaped by a wide range of literary practices - among them travel-writing, tour narratives, memoir, poetry, novels, as well as historical, educational and aesthetic writings. This thesis looks at women writers' engagements with the theme of wild nature during a period when the French Revolution and the accompanying arguments around natural rights made its political connotations explicit,  taking a particular interest in contemporary debates concerning the status of women within European society.

Supervisor: Dr Luisa Calè