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About the Criticism Archive

The Criticism portion of the Poetess Archive provides a searchable database of criticism and biography by and about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers published from the eighteenth-century up to our own time. While many results, especially of more recent materials, will offer bibliographic information only, search criteria can be narrowed to include only full-text results, and soon, all of these will have been critically edited as well as digitized.

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Criticism Archive: An Introduction

Criticism Archive Editor

Ed. Mary A. Waters

Mary A. Waters, editor of the Criticism Archive, is Associate Professor of English at Wichita State University. Specializing in literary criticism by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British women writers, Dr. Waters is author of British Women Writers and the Profession of Literary Criticism, 1789-1832 and the editor of British Women Writers of the Romantic Period: An Anthology of their Literary Criticism. Her essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in venues such as Eighteenth-Century Studies, Nineteenth-Century Prose, Women's Writing, and a collection on abolition and affect forthcoming from Ashgate.