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Women and Property in the Eighteenth-Century English Novel - April London

Women and Property in the Eighteenth-Century English Novel

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This book investigates the critical importance of women to the eighteenth-century debate on property as conducted in the fiction of the period. April London argues that contemporary novels advanced several, often conflicting, interpretations of the relation of women to property, ranging from straightforward assertions of equivalence between women and things to subtle explorations of the self-possession open to those denied a full civic identity. Two contemporary models for the defining of selfhood through reference to property structure the book, one historical (classical republicanism and bourgeois individualism), and the other literary (pastoral and georgic). These paradigms offer a cultural context for the analysis of both canonical and less well-known writers, from Samuel Richardson and Henry Mackenzie to Clara Reeve and Jane West. While this study focuses on fiction from 1740-1800, it also draws on the historiography, literary criticism and philosophy of the period, and on recent feminist and cultural studies.

'April London's fascinating study of the eighteenth-century novel offers a sustained investigation of the 'ways in which the signal importance of property to the eighteenth century is both affirmed and complicated when women are included in the account.' Review of English Studies

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Samuel Richardson and Georgic: Introduction
Clarissa and the georgic mode
Making meaning as constructive labor
Wicked confederacies
'The work of bodies': reading, writing and documents
Pastoral: Introduction
The Man of Feeling
Colonial narratives: Charles Wentworth and The Female American
Community and Confederacy: Introduction
Versions of community: William Dodd, Sarah Scott, Clara Reeve
Confederacies of women: Phebe Gibbes and John Trusler
The Politics of Reading: Introduction
The discourse of manliness: Samuel Jackson Pratt and Robert Bage
The gendering of radical representation
History, romance, and the anti-Jacobins' 'common sense'
Jane West and the politics of reading
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521650137
ISBN-10: 0521650135
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th June 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.58