Popular fiction by women, 1660-1730 : an anthology / [edited by] Paula R. Backscheider, John J. Richetti.Material type: TextPublisher: Oxford : New York : Clarendon Press ; Oxford University Press, 1996Description: xxvi, 336 p. : ill, ; 24 cmISBN: 0198711379 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 9780198711377 (pbk. : acid-free paper); 0198711360 (acid-free paper); 9780198711360 (acid-free paper)Subject(s): English fiction -- Women authors | English fiction -- Early modern, 1500-1700 | Popular literature -- Great Britain | English fiction -- 18th centuryDDC classification: 823/.40809287 LOC classification: PR1286.W6 | P67 1996Other classification: 18.05
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-336).
History of the nun / Aphra Behn -- Secret history of Queen Zarah and the Zarazians / Delariviere Manley -- Love intrigues / Jane Barker -- Strange adventures of the Count de Vinevil and his family / Penelope Aubin -- British recluse / Eliza Haywood -- Fantomina / Eliza Haywood -- Reformed coquet / Mary Davys -- Friendship in death, selections / Elizabeth Singer Rowe.
Popular Fiction by Women 1660-1730 gathers together for the first time a representative selection of shorter fiction by the most successful women writers of the period, from Aphra Behn the first important English female professional writer, to Penelope Aubin and Eliza Haywood, who with Daniel Defoe dominated prose fiction in the 1720s. The texts included were among the best selling titles of their time, and played a key role in the expanding market for narrative in the early eighteenth century. Crucial to the development of the longer novel of manners and morals that emerged in the mid-eighteenth century these novellas have been much neglected by literary historians but now - with the impetus of feminist criticism - they have been re-established as an essential chapter in the history of the novel in English and are widely studied.
Though strikingly varied in narrative format and purpose, ranging as they do from the erotic and sensational to the sentimental and pious, they offer a distinct fictional approach to the moral and social issues of the age from a female standpoint.