The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

January 21, 2014

January 21, 2009

Sally Ledger (December 14, 1961 to January 21, 2009), held, according to her Guardian obituary:

[the] Hildred Carlile chair in English at Royal Holloway, University of London, ...[She] died suddenly at the age of 47. Despite her comparatively young age, she had established herself as a leading scholar of 19th-century literature. Her intellectual pursuits ranged across the whole of the period, with important research on "the new woman" fiction of the fin de siècle, Dickens, and, recently, on the 18th-century origins of Victorian sentimentality.

Ledger's  first book, was The New Woman: Fiction and Feminism at the Fin de Siecle (1997).  Ledger makes the point that some women authors challenged prevailing cultural  assumptions.  An example is Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) whose The Story of an African Farm, (1883) refuses to use stereotyped tropes that feature, for instance, hair breadth escapes from "raging lions." Ledger's scholarship  drew new attention to forgotten writers such as Schreiner had been.

Other of her books include Dickens and the Popular Radical Imagination (2007), and a number of texts that she co-edited:

Political Gender: Texts and Contexts, 
(1994) with McDonagh and Jane Spencer, 
Cultural Politics at the Fin De Siècle, (1995) with Scott McCracken  and 
The Fin de Siècle: A Reader in Cultural History(2000) with Roger Luckhurst .

According to her Oxford Dictionary of National Biography article, Sally Ledger died
"as she prepared the family dinner [for husband and son] in their Letchworth home, [and]....suffered a sudden brain haemorrhage..."

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