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Gender and Language in British Literary Criticism, 1660-1790 - Laura L. Runge

Gender and Language in British Literary Criticism, 1660-1790

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1997
ISBN: 9780521570091
Number Of Pages: 244

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During the eighteenth century, British critics applied terms of gender to literature according to the belief that masculine values represented the best literature and feminine terms signified less important works or authors. Laura Runge contends however that the meaning of gendered terms like 'manly' or 'effeminate' changes over time, and that the language of eighteenth-century criticism cannot be fully understood without careful analysis of the gendered language of the era. She examines conventions in various fields of critical language - Dryden's prose, the early novel, criticism by women, and the developing aesthetic - to show how gendered epistemology shaped critical 'truths'. Her exploration of critical commonplaces, such as regarding the heroic and the sublime as masculine modes and the novel as a feminine genre, addresses issues central to eighteenth-century studies.

'Runge's study is informative and accomplished and will serve a wide range of interests.' The Times Literary Supplement

Many words on Mount Parnassus
Dryden's gendered balance and the Augustan ideal
Paternity and regulation in the feminine novel
Aristotle's sisters: Behn, Lennox, Fielding and Reeve
Returning to the beautiful
Polemical postscript
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ISBN: 9780521570091
ISBN-10: 0521570093
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 28th November 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.53