Coda: The Persistence of Fancy

  title={Coda: The Persistence of Fancy},
  author={Maura Smyth},
The coda speculates that it is twentieth-century feminist scholars, beginning with Virginia Woolf, who have fully absorbed Barbauld’s lessons, implementing her method of history-making to reconstruct a history of women’s writing. To achieve this end, feminist criticism has had to be attentive to writers and texts that the process of canon formation—under the influence of the serious, timeless Romanticist Imagination—traditionally minimized or failed to notice. An idiosyncratic, curious… CONTINUE READING