Eighteenth-century Women's Fiction and Social Engagement
Edited by Paula R. Backscheider
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Revising Women by Paula R. Backscheider
Book DescriptionRevising Women is a collection of essays by a distinguished group of feminist critics. Each essay is a contribution to the history of the English novel, to our understanding of literature's place in cultural debate, and to women's studies. The essays give steady attention to the ways novels participate in social processes and the ways women perceived the public sphere and stubbornly attempted to participate in it. Rich contextualization and adept use of theory reveal both the individual writer's story and the story beneath the text that is a cultural production with the potential to reveal why we and our society are as we are. Each essay develops ways of using history in relation to literature, takes up large historical events and issues, and interprets in fine detail what individuals do with them. Beginning with the fictions of the late seventeenth century, and ending with Maria Edgeworth and Jane Austen, the essays in Revising Women are characterized by informed historicizing, detailed textual explication, sophisticated feminist theory, and dedicated attention to the interrelationships between life and literary works and between everyday existence and political processes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801870958
(225mm x 154mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Paula R. Backscheider
Companion to the Eighteenth-century English Novel and Culture, Paperback (October 2009)
A Companion to the Eighteenth-century Novel furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral contexts. * An up-to-date resource for the study of the eighteenth-century novel.
Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry, Paperback (November 2007)
Offers a broad view of the writing and careers of eighteenth-century women poets, casting a fresh light on the ways in which poetry was read and enjoyed, on changing poetic tastes in British culture, and on the development of many major poetic genres and traditions.
Selected Fiction and Drama of Eliza Haywood, Paperback (November 1998)
This edition provides representative texts from Eliza Haywood's career, which overlaps that of Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, and Henry Fielding. The six fictions and two plays provided here illustrate the many kinds of writing she produced, and the ways she treated important themes and issues.
Popular Fiction by Women, 1660-1730, Paperback (December 1996)» View all books by Paula R. Backscheider
A collection of novels by women writers in the period 1660-1730. Work by many writers of the period is included - Aphra Behn, Mary de la Riviere Manley, Jane Barker, Eliza Haywood, Mary Davys, and Elizabeth Singer Rower. The novels provide a sampling of the kinds of stories that are read today.
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Author Biography - Paula R. Backscheider
Paula R. Backscheider is West Point Pepperell-Philpott Eminent Scholar in the Department of English at Auburn University. Her books include Daniel Defoe: His Life and Spectacular Politics: Theatrical Power and Mass Culture in Early Modern England, both available from Johns Hopkins.
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