Description - The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England by E. J. Clery
In the Eighteenth Century, critics of capitalism denounced the growth of luxury and effeminacy supporters applauded the increase of refinement and the improved status of women. This pioneering study explores the way the association of commerce and femininity permeated cultural production. It looks at the first use of a female author as an icon of modernity in the Athenian Mercury, and reappraises works by Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Mandeville, Defoe, Pope and Elizabeth Carter. Samuel Richardson's novels represent the culmination of the English debate, while contemporary essays by David Hume move towards a fully fledged enlightenment theory of feminization.
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Author Biography - E. J. Clery
E. J. Clery is Senior Lecturer in English and Research Fellow with the Corvey Project on Romantic-Era Women's Writing at Sheffield Hallam University. She is the author of The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 (1995) and Women's Gothic from Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley (2000), co-editor of Gothic Documents: A Sourcebook, 1700-1820 and Authorship, Commerce and the Public: Scenes of Writing, 1750-1850, and has published widely on Eighteenth-century and Romantic-era literature and culture.