Charlotte Smith 1749-1806

Texts: Novels

Charlotte Smith, Desmond (1792) ed. Antje Blank and Janet Todd

---, The Old Manor House (1793) (London : Pandora, 1987) [Full text from the collective at
Celebration of Women Writers, U Penn]

---, Marchmont: A Novel (1796) [not in library; out of print]

---, The Young Philosopher; a novel (1798) ed. Elizabeth Kraft (University of Kentucky Press, 1999)

---, Emmeline: the orphan of the castle (1788) (London: Oxford University Press, 1971) 

Texts: Poems

---, The Emigrants (1793) in Wu, Romantic Women Poets or online: The Emigrants: Book 1 (ed Stuart Curran); The Emigrants: Book 2 (ed Stuart Curran)

---, Elegiac Sonnets [1789], ed. by Jonathan Wordsworth (Oxford: Woodstock Books, 1992)

Texts: Other

---, Letters of a solitary wanderer facsimile ed. (New York: Woodstock, 1995) 

---, The Poems of Charlotte Smith, ed Curran, Stuart (Oxford: UP, 1993)


Bowstead, Diana, ‘Charlotte Smith’s Desmond: The Epistolary Novel as Ideological Argument’ in Mary Anne Schofield and Cecilia Macheski (eds), Fetter’d or Free (1986), 237-263 [short loan] A full discussion of the reviews of the novel and of the ways in which Smith integrates politics with narrative. Very interesting on attitudes to food in the novel: 'Those who are especially concerned with eating well are frequently shown indulging their appetites in consequences of some form of social injustice' (242)

Bray, ‘Removing the Anglo-Saxon Yoke: The Francocentric Vision of Charlotte Smith’s Later Works’, The Wordsworth Circle, 24 (1993), 155-8

Conway, Alison, ‘Nationalism, Revolution, and the Female Body: Charlotte Smith’s Desmond’, Women’s Studies, 24 (1995), 395-409

Curran, Stuart (ed), The Poems of Charlotte Smith (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993) intro

Elliott, Pat, ‘Charlotte Smith’s Feminism: A Study of Emmeline and Desmond’ in Dale Spender, ed., Living by the Pen: Early British Women Writers (New York: Teachers College Press, 1992)

Fletcher, Loraine, Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1998) 

Hunt, Bishop C., 'Wordsworth and Charlotte Smith', The Wordsworth Circle, 1.3 (1970): 85-103

Jones, Chris, ‘Charlotte Smith as Radical Novelist’, in Jones, Chris, Radical Sensibility: Literature and Ideas in the 1790s (1993), pp. 160-184

Kennaway, Samantha 'The Figure of the Wanderer in Novels by Charlotte Smith and William Godwin', British Association of Romantic Studies: Romanticism and Europe Conference

Lokke, Kari E., '"The Mild Dominion of the Moon": Charlotte Smith and the Politics of Transcendence', in Rebellious Hearts: British Women Writers and the French Revolution ed. Adriana Craciun and Kari E. Lokke (2001), pp85-106. Discusses the significance of the moon in The Emigrants.

Mellor, Anne. K., ‘The Politics of Fiction: Desmond’ in Mellor, Mothers of the Nation: Women’s Political Writing (2002),101-121

Pinch, Adela, Strange Fits of Passion: Epistemologies of emotion, Hume to Austen ( Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996)

Schofield, Mary Anne, '"The Witchery of Fiction": Charlotte Smith, Novelist', in Dale Spender, ed., Living by the Pen: Early British Women Writers (New York: Teachers College Press, 1992)

Selby, Maggie, 'Charlotte Smith's Coastal Aesthetic and the Boundaries of Nationalism', British Association of Romantic Studies: Romanticism and Europe Conference 2001

Stanton, Judith, ‘Charlotte Smith’s "Literary Business": Income, Patronage, and Indigence’, Age of Johnson, 1 (1988), 375-401 [not in library]

Ty, Eleanor, ‘Revolutionary Politics: Domesticity and Monarchy in Desmond’, in Ty, Unsex'd Revolutionaries: Five Women Novelists of the 1790's (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1993) [short loan] Argues that writers of the 1790s draw parallels between the domestic and the political, that they contest the notion of the submissive woman, promoting feminist arguments on marriage, primogeniture and patriarchal authority. The texts are not homogeneous and non-contradictory, but emphasize multiplicity through multiple narratives and 'double discourse' (the use of a story within a story).

Wikborg, Eleanor, ‘Political Discourse Versus Sentimental Romance: Ideology and Genre in Charlotte Smith’s Desmond (1792)’, English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature, 78 (1997), 522-31

Wilson, Carol Shiner and Joel Haefner (eds), Revisioning Romanticism: British Women Writers 1776-1837 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994)

Online Resources

Brent Raycroft, Charlottte Smith Page articles and extracts from Smith's works

Graduate Student Papers: Beth Ann Neighbors, Tranquil seclusion I have vainly sought": The Frustrated Landscapes of Charlotte Smith and William Wordsworth'; Cecilia Fernandez, 'The Romanticism of Charlotte Turner Smith: Plurality of Vision'

British Women Writers Project: etext of The Emigrants

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