"I Take Up My Pen"

British Women Writers in the Nineteenth Century


December 15, 2009February 21, 2010

Location: Perkins Gallery

Sponsor: Rare Book, Special Collections Library

Artist: Various

Nineteenth century Britain—a world of progress and reform, discovery and innovation, industrialization and social upheaval—was also the era of the professional woman writer. Nineteenth century women, desiring to contribute to cultural discourse, to voice their opinions, and to tell their own stories, demanded a place beside men in the world of letters. This exhibit focuses on women’s writing as both a means of self-definition and a powerful tool for social change and highlights the tension between women’s domestic lives and their public contributions to nineteenth century discourse.