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Janet Ross’s intergenerational life writing: female intellectual legacy through memoirs, correspondence, and reminiscences

Capancioni, Claudia (2017) Janet Ross’s intergenerational life writing: female intellectual legacy through memoirs, correspondence, and reminiscences. Life Writing, 14 (2). pp. 233-244. ISSN 1751-2964

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'Three Generations of English Women: Memoirs and Correspondence of Susannah Taylor, Sarah Austin, and Lady Duff Gordon' by Janet Ross is a distinctive, but underestimated, Victorian family biography. It narrates the lives of her mother, Lucie Duff Gordon, her grandmother, Sarah Austin, and identifies her great-grandmother, Susannah Taylor, as the originator of this female line of intellectual inheritance, which Ross is indebted to. This article examines how Ross’s work motivates women’s intellectual endeavours by presenting a positive example of female intellectual legacy sustained successfully by foremothers. A Victorian writer, historian and translator, she recognises in her maternal heritage a model of intergenerational mentorship and interaction that promotes intellectual engagement, exchange and transformations. Three Generations of English Women shows that female intergenerational legacy is central not only in uncovering the contribution of Ross’s foremothers but also to a deeper understanding of the development of nineteenth-century women’s intellectual lives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. Published in a special issue of Life Writing entitled 'Writing Lives Together: Romantic and Victorian Auto/Biography'.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Legacy, Generation, Matrilineal, Biography
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr Claudia Capancioni
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2017 10:55
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:02
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/188

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