Troubador A Voice of Discontent

Released: 01/12/2008

ISBN: 9781848760363

Format: Paperback

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A Voice of Discontent

A Woman's Journey Through the Long Eighteenth Century


From early childhood experiences to the loneliness of old age, females of all ages and all classes living in the eighteenth century faced the same prejudice because of their sex. Not all women, however, were prepared to accept it; not all women appreciated being judged according to a double standard that had completely different expectations of men and boys, and allowed them to behave in a completely different way. Even for those who did accept the status quo, there were ways to make use of, or even exploit, the situations in which they found themselves. A Voice of Discontent provides a fascinating insight into women’s history. Written particularly for the general reader, it also shows how some women writers in the 18th and early 19th centuries voiced their discontent with the limited role they were expected to play in society, and the sometimes radical suggestions they were to make for the future. The reader is invited to step into their shoes for a little while, share their experiences, listen to their arguments, and see whether or not they were justified in raising A Voice of Discontent.

I have recently been asked to write an article on women writers in the 18th and early 19th centuries, for the new women's magazine Herstoria. This can be seen on their website - follow the link..

Women's History Magazine
Spring 2010

(Autumn 2009)

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Jennifer Kelsey

I used to teach children with special needs, but after fifteen years I decided to take a change in direction. Already having a keen interest in literature I then decided to take up two short courses at the University of London, Birkbeck College - one on Victorian literature and one on women's history.

I became fascinated by the relation between women's literature and their history and this book is the result of that enthusiasm.

After a successful book launch I have already started on my second book, which will continue the investigation - but now into the Victorian period.

I have been happily married for thirty years, have three grown up - and very creative - children. I also have three dogs.

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