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Seductive Forms: Women's Amatory Fiction from 1684 to 1740

Ros Ballaster

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184775
eISBN:
9780191674341
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184775.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Historicist and feminist accounts of the ‘rise of the novel’ have neglected the phenomenon of the professional woman writer in England prior to the advent of the sentimental novel in the 1740s. This ... More


Introduction

Ros Ballaster

in Seductive Forms: Women's Amatory Fiction from 1684 to 1740

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184775
eISBN:
9780191674341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184775.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This introductory chapter sets out the purpose of the book, which is to give an account of the conditions that enabled some women writers in the late 17th and early 18th century to ‘profit’, both ... More


Introduction: ‘Strange and Unheard of Revolutions’

Paula McDowell

in The Women of Grub Street: Press, Politics, and Gender in the London Literary Marketplace 1678-1730

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780198183952
eISBN:
9780191674143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183952.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

In the period 1678 to 1730, the English press was undergoing some of the most important transformations in its history. In 1695, the lapse of the Licensing Act ended pre-publication censorship and ... More


Treading the Bawds: Actresses and Playwrights on the Late Stuart Stage

Gilli Bush-Bailey

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719072505
eISBN:
9781781701935
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719072505.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama

This book challenges the traditional boundaries that have separated the histories of the first actresses and the early female playwright, bringing the approaches of new histories and historiography ... More


Restoration Theatre and Crisis

Susan J. Owen

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183877
eISBN:
9780191674129
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183877.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

Restoration Theatre and Crisis is a seminal study of the drama of the Restoration, in particular that of the Popish Plot and Exclusion Crisis. This was a time of unprecedented political ... More


Authorship and Appropriation: Writing for the Stage in England, 1660-1710

Paulina Kewes

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184683
eISBN:
9780191674334
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184683.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, Drama

This book studies the cultural and economic status of playwriting in the later 17th and early 18th centuries, and argues that the period was a decisive one in the transition from Renaissance ... More


Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Jane Spencer

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

Aphra Behn, now becoming recognized as a major Restoration figure, is especially significant as an early example of a successful professional woman writer: an important and often troubling role-model ... More


English Women's Poetry, 1649–1714: Politics, Community, and Linguistic Authority

Carol Barash

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186861
eISBN:
9780191674587
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186861.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This book is the first study to reconstruct the political origins of English women's poetry between the execution of Charles I and the death of Queen Anne. The book shows that, between Katherine ... More


Introduction

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This book approaches the construction of literary authority and the literary canon during the 18th century through a study of the reception of the work of Aphra Behn. As one of the first professional ... More


Pleasure and Poetry: The Behn Myth

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter considers three aspects of the making of Aphra Behn's reputation: discussions of her within her lifetime; the growth of Behn biography in the years following her death; and the reception ... More


The Dramatist and the Novelist

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces the different trajectories of Aphra Behn's 18th-century life as a dramatist and as a writer of fiction. Behn's fiction remained current in the later 18th century, with editions of ... More


The Sons of Behn

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores the connections between notions of influence, generation, and genealogy in the construction of literary traditions, and asks: what would it mean to be able, by the addition of ... More


Her Wit, without Her Shame: Women Writing after Behn

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

The evidence of 18th-century women's literary history shows many different ways of responding to Aphra Behn. This chapter has divided consideration of Behn's effect on her female successors into ... More


The Rover

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces the history of The Rover in 18th-century performance, a history that one can reconstruct patchily but in some detail from a number of sources, including contemporary playbills, ... More


Oroonoko

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces the metamorphosis of Oroonoko into a vehicle for anti-slavery sentiment, showing how this change coincided with a tendency to play down the significance of Aphra Behn as narrator ... More


Conclusion

Jane Spencer

in Aphra Behn's Afterlife

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184942
eISBN:
9780191674402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184942.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, 18th-century Literature

Aphra Behn was a significant influence on 18th-century literature and theatre. As the author of one of the most popular Restoration comedies, she was influential in British theatre, and as the ... More


‘Senseless Riot, Neronian Gambols’: Comedy, 1676–1682  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

By late 1676, the predominant character of comedy was clearly darkening, as dramatists reacted with various kinds of moral earnestness to George Etherege's morally dispassionate portrayal of ... More


‘Dire is the Dearth and Famine on the Stage’: Drama, 1682–1688  

Derek Hughes

in English Drama 1660–1700

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198119746
eISBN:
9780191671203
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119746.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Drama, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

In November 1682 the ailing King's Company merged with the more adventurously and expertly managed Duke's, and for the next thirteen years the London stage became a monopoly. The absence of ... More


‘A Genius for Love’: Sex as Politics in Delarivier Manley's Scandal Fiction

Ros Ballaster

in Seductive Forms: Women's Amatory Fiction from 1684 to 1740

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184775
eISBN:
9780191674341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184775.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter examines the fiction of Delarivier Manley. Delarivier Manley's first major scandal novel The New Atalantis reincarnates the figure of Aphra Behn's fictional and poetic persona, Astrea, ... More


Conclusion: The Decline of Amatory Fiction: Re(de)fining the Female Form

Ros Ballaster

in Seductive Forms: Women's Amatory Fiction from 1684 to 1740

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184775
eISBN:
9780191674341
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184775.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature

This chapter presents a brief account of the critical fate of the prose fiction of Behn, Manley, and Haywood in the mid- to late 18th century. These early amatory fictions were persistently ‘written ... More


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