Helen Maria Williams’s Background and Development as a Writer in Relation to A Tour in Switzerland

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Title
Helen Maria Williams’s Background and Development as a Writer in Relation to A Tour in Switzerland
Author
氏名 Amano Miyuki
ヨミ アマノ ミユキ
別名 Amano Miyuki
Abstract

This essay examines Helen Maria Williams’s religious and cultural background, social position, and development as a writer up until she wrote her travel account, A Tour in Switzerland; or, A View of the Present State of the Governments and Manners of those Cantons, with Comparative Sketches of the Present State of Paris (1798). The examination is significant in order to fully evaluate this work because of its time of publication. Williams was marginalized from the outset as a woman from a middle-class family of Dissenters living in the geographical and cultural borders of Britain. She, however, established herself as a writer in London, firstly with her poems, and then with her only novel, albeit through the help of her mentors, Andrew Kippis and John Moore. The influence of the latter is especially important concerning her writing Tour. In France as well as Britain, she constantly struggled to cross
the cultural and social borders, expanding her perspectives through an active engagement in her literary intellectual and political network, and experimenting with different kinds of writing techniques.

Journal Title
県立広島大学人間文化学部紀要
Volume
9
Spage
61
Epage
72
Published Date
20140315
Publisher
県立広島大学
ISSN
2186-5590
NCID
AA12116573
Language
eng
NIIType
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version
出版社版
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004
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pu-hiroshima