“‘Before I am Quite Forgot’: Women’s Critical Literary Biography and the Future” extends the conversation about literary “worth” in the twenty-first century as it still judges and ignores women authors of the past. Specifically, this essay explores the role of women’s literary historical biography as a primary marker of worth and as a means of shaping legacy. I also discuss my (perhaps more non-traditional) experience—both my personal circumstances and particular material conditions—writing the critical biography Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind. Without a substantial biography that shows the scope of Lennox’s mind, her significant corpus, and her interventions in literary history and current events through publishing, this talented and popular author would not have had the opportunity to be fully taken seriously. This essay is designed to encourage potential biographers who study remarkable women authors of past centuries around the world. It also asserts the value of the #MeToo movement and social media for more robust legacy making.
Biography, Women, Charlotte Lennox, Publishing, #MeToo, Social Media, Frances Burney, William Strahan, Samuel Johnson, Siri Hustvedt, Miriam Small, Elaine Showalter, Devoney Looser, Audre Lorde, Betty Friedan, O M Brack, Margaret Dalziel, Margaret Doody, Lana L. Dalley, Kellie Holzer, Josefa Amar y Borbón, Meta Forkel-Liebeskind, Queen MƏntƏwwab, Sir Joshua Reynolds, John Smart, Karenza Sutton-Bennett, Kelly Plante
"“Before I am Quite Forgot": Women’s Critical Literary Biography and the Future,"
ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830: Vol.13: Iss.1, Article 5.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.usf.edu/abo/vol13/iss1/5