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Equivocal beings [electronic resource] : politics, gender, and sentimentality in the 1790s : Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, Burney, Austen / Claudia L. Johnson.

By: Johnson, Claudia L.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Women in culture and society: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995Description: 1 online resource (xi, 239 p.).ISBN: 9780226401799 (electronic bk.); 0226401790 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): English fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism | Politics and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century | Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1759-1797 -- Criticism and interpretation | Radcliffe, Ann Ward, 1764-1823 -- Criticism and interpretation | Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840 -- Criticism and interpretation | Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Criticism and interpretation | Psychological fiction, English -- History and criticism | English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism | Authorship -- Sex differences -- History -- 18th century | Political fiction, English -- History and criticism | Femininity in literature | Sentimentalism in literature | Sex role in literature | Wollstonecraft, Mary, 1759-1797 -- Critique et interpr�etation | Radcliffe, Ann Ward, 1764-1823 -- Critique et interpr�etation | Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840 -- Critique et interpr�etation | Austen, Jane, 1775-1817 -- Critique et interpr�etation | Politique et litt�erature -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire -- 18e si�ecle | Femmes et litt�erature -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire -- 18e si�ecle | Roman anglais -- 18e si�ecle -- Histoire et critique | F�eminit�e dans la litt�erature | Sentimentalisme dans la litt�erature | R�ole selon le sexe dans la litt�erature | �Ecrits de femmes anglais -- Histoire et critique | Art d'�ecrire -- Diff�erences entre sexes | LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh | Engels | Letterkunde | Vrouwelijke auteurs | Sentimentalisme | Politiek | English fiction Authors WomenGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Equivocal beings.DDC classification: 823/.6099287 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction: The age of chivalry and the crisis of gender -- Mary Wollstonecraft. The distinction of the sexes: the Vindications ; Embodying the sentiments: Mary and The wrong of woman -- Ann Radcliffe. Less than man and more than woman: The romance of the forest ; The sex of suffering: The mystseries of Udolpho ; Losing the mother in the judge: The Italian -- Frances Burney. Statues, idiots, automatons: Camilla ; Vindicating the wrongs of woman: The wanderer -- Jane Austen. "Not at all what a man should be!": remaking English manhood in Emma.
Summary: In the wake of the French Revolution, Edmund Burke argued that civil order depended upon nurturing the sensibility of men--upon the masculine cultivation of traditionally feminine qualities such as sentiment, tenderness, veneration, awe, gratitude, and even prejudice. Writers as diverse as Sterne, Goldsmith, Burke, and Rousseau were politically motivated to represent authority figures as men of feeling, but denied women comparable authority by representing their feelings as inferior, pathological, or criminal. Focusing on Mary Wollstonecraft, Ann Radcliffe, Frances Burney, and Jane Austen, whos.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-231) and index.

Introduction: The age of chivalry and the crisis of gender -- Mary Wollstonecraft. The distinction of the sexes: the Vindications ; Embodying the sentiments: Mary and The wrong of woman -- Ann Radcliffe. Less than man and more than woman: The romance of the forest ; The sex of suffering: The mystseries of Udolpho ; Losing the mother in the judge: The Italian -- Frances Burney. Statues, idiots, automatons: Camilla ; Vindicating the wrongs of woman: The wanderer -- Jane Austen. "Not at all what a man should be!": remaking English manhood in Emma.

In the wake of the French Revolution, Edmund Burke argued that civil order depended upon nurturing the sensibility of men--upon the masculine cultivation of traditionally feminine qualities such as sentiment, tenderness, veneration, awe, gratitude, and even prejudice. Writers as diverse as Sterne, Goldsmith, Burke, and Rousseau were politically motivated to represent authority figures as men of feeling, but denied women comparable authority by representing their feelings as inferior, pathological, or criminal. Focusing on Mary Wollstonecraft, Ann Radcliffe, Frances Burney, and Jane Austen, whos.

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