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Welcome to Hidden Histories, hosted by Helen Lewis. In each series we explore a subject that the textbooks hid, held-back or hijacked, starting with “The Great Forgetting: women writers before Austen”.

For more, head to newstatesman.com/podcast.

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Welcome to Hidden Histories, hosted by Helen Lewis. In each series we explore a subject that the textbooks hid, held-back or hijacked, starting with “The Great Forgetting: women writers before Austen”.

For more, head to newstatesman.com/podcast.

    HH #1.6: The Great Forgetting

    HH #1.6: The Great Forgetting

    Welcome to the final episode of our Hidden Histories series - The Great Forgetting: women writers before Austen. This week, Helen Lewis, Sophie Coulombeau and Liz Edwards discuss why so many of the era’s female writers are absent from the canon, why we think what we say is good is good, and how these writers still shape our idea of literature today? (Helen Lewis, Sophie Coulombeau, Liz Edwards)
     
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    • 29 min
    HH #1.5: Fight Club

    HH #1.5: Fight Club

    Welcome to the Hidden Histories podcast. This week, Helen Lewis and our guests Sophie Coulombeau, Liz Edwards and Jennie Batchelor thrash out the impossible question: Who is the most interesting female writer of the Eighteenth Century? Liz chooses Hester Thrale Piozzi, Sophie makes the case for Frances Burney, and Jennie opts for the elusive Anonymous.

     
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    • 32 min
    HH #1.4: Unsex'd females

    HH #1.4: Unsex'd females

    In this episode, Helen Lewis is joined by Sophie Coulombeau and Jennie Batchelor to discuss 18th century women’s involvement in radical politics. Novelists and poets from Charlotte Smith to Anna Letitia Barbau and Mary Wollstonecraft all engaged with major political questions of their day. But not everyone was confident this was a good idea.
     
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    • 35 min
    HH#1.3: Sociable Spaces

    HH#1.3: Sociable Spaces

    Welcome to the third episode of the new Hidden Histories podcast series – The Great Forgetting: Women Writers Before Austen. In this episode, Helen Lewis is joined by Sophie Coulombeau and Jennie Batchelor, to discuss the era’s magazines and debating societies. What did it mean to have a ladies magazine written by and for women? And how and where could women speak in public?
     
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    • 27 min
    HH#1.2: Bluestockings

    HH#1.2: Bluestockings

    This week, Helen Lewis is joined by Elizabeth Edwards and Sophie Coulombeau to discuss the 18th century “Bluestockings” – who were they and why did they matter? Through salons hosted by the likes of Elizabeth Montagu, “Queen of the Blues”, this small group of highly educated women helped shape a new age of sociability and creativity, ushering in greater acceptance of women as the intellectual equals of men. (Helen Lewis, Elizabeth Edwards, Sophie Coulombeau)
     
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    • 31 min
    HH#1.1: Rewriting the novel

    HH#1.1: Rewriting the novel

    Welcome to the new Hidden Histories podcast - The Great Forgetting: Women Writers Before Austen. In this first episode, Helen Lewis, Sophie Coulombeau and Elizabeth Edwards question long-held assumptions about early British novels and who wrote them. For more information and shownotes see: http://bit.ly/1S90yMB
     
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    • 36 min

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