Women Critics, 1660-1820

Women Critics, 1660-1820 : An Anthology

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The eighteenth century saw the formation of criticism as a genre in European discourse. This anthology vividly demonstrates that women participated in the construction of this genre from the very start - although their critical work has been largely been absent from both histories of criticism and histories of early women's writing. The Folger Collective on Early Women Critics has selected writings by forty-one of the women who produced criticism between 1660 and 1820, including writers from England, France, Germany, and the United States. While this anthology includes the work of better-known writers - such as Aphra Behn, Charlotte Lennox, Mary Wollestonecraft, Germaine de Sta'l, and Jane AustenNit consists primarily of newly recovered material representing a spectrum of topics, theories, and critical practices. These texts come from an array of genres: some criticism is embedded in plays, novels, and poems, while other selections take the form of dialogues between fictional characters or appear in the private vehicles of letters and diaries. Much of the material, however, takes conventional critical forms - substantive introductions and prefaces, periodical essays, and book-length treatises. These critics were deeply engaged in the literary and cultural life of their time, and pursued a variety of issues in their criticism of fiction, drama, and poetry - including political commentary; speculations on the moral effects novels or plays; links between representation and social reality; and relationships of literature and criticism to social and national history. This unique anthology fills a gap in literary history and testifies to the powerful cultural messages inherent in the very acts of reading and writing. These primary texts are a means through which students and scholars may explore new visions of women, literature, and criticism and reshape our understanding of the 160-year period that coincides with the development of print culture and of modern gender identity. The Folger Collective has included a general introduction and bibliography, as well as brief biographical introductions for individual entries.show more

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  • Paperback | 443 pages
  • 152.9 x 232.2 x 23.6mm | 681.78g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253209633
  • 9780253209634

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction Note on the Text Madeleine de Scud ry (1607ETH1701) from Clelia (1654ETH61) Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623ETH1673) Preface to The WorldOs Olio (1655) from CCXI Sociable Letters (1664) Preface to Observations upon Experimental Philosophy (1666) Preface and Epilogue to The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing-World (1668) Aphra Behn (1640?ETH1689) OEpistle to the ReaderO from The Dutch Lover (1673) Preface to The Lucky Chance (1687) TranslatorOs Preface to A Discovery of New Worlds (1688) Anne Lef vre Dacier (1646ETH1720) TranslatorOs Preface to The Odyssey (1716) Jane Barker (1652ETH1727?) From A Patchwork Screen for the Ladies (1723) Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661ETH1720) The Introduction (c. 1702) The Preface (c. 1702) To the Nightingale (1713) Catherine Trotter Cockburn (1679ETH1749) Dedication to The Unhappy Penitent (1701) Elizabeth Elstob (1683ETH1756) from The Rudiments of Grammar for the English-Saxon Tongue (1715) Eliza Haywood (1693?ETH1756) from The Female Spectator (1744, 1746) Elizabeth Cooper (fl. 1735ETH1740) Preface to The Muses Library *1737) Sarah Fielding (1710ETH1768) from The Adventures of David Simple (1744) from Remarks on Clarissa (1749) from The Cry (with Jane Collier, 1754) from Preface to The History of the Countess of Dellwyn (1759) Elizabeth Robinson Montagu (1720ETH1800) Dialogue III from Dialogues of the Dead (1760) from An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare (1769) Louise dOEpinay (1726ETH1783) Review of DiderotOs Le Fils naturel from the Correspondance litt raire (1771) Elizabeth Griffith (1727ETH1793) from The Morality of ShakespeareOs Drama Illustrated (1775) Charlotte Ramsay Lennox *1729?ETHA804) from Shakespeare Illustrated (1753ETH54) Clara Reeve (1729ETH1807) from The Progress of Romance (1785) Sophie Guntermann von LaRoche (1730ETH1807) On Reading (1783) Isabelle van Tuyll de Zuylen de Charri re (1740ETH1805) Is Genius Above All Rules (1788) Camilla, or, The New Novel (1796) [fragment] Mary Alcock (c. 1742ETH1798) A Receipt for Writing a Novel (1799) Anna Laetitia Aiken Barbauld (1743ETH1825) from On the Origin and Progress of Novel Writing (1810) from Preface to Richardson, in The British Novelists (1810) from Preface to Fielding, in The British Novelists (1810) Hannah Parkhouse Cowley (1743ETH1809) OAn AddressO from The School for Greybeards (1786) Hannah More (1745ETH1833) from Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799) St phanie-F licit Ducrest, Corotesse de Genlis (1746ETH1830) from OPreliminary ReflectionsO to The Influence of Women on French Literature (1811) OOn Comedies of CharacterO (1813) Anna Seward (1742ETH1809) Correspondence between Anna Seward and Clara Reeve in The GentlemanOs Magazine (1786) Charlotte Turner Smith (1749ETH1806) Preface to Desmond (1792) from Marchmont (1796) Judith Sargent Murray (1751ETH1820) from The Gleaner (1798) Frances Burney dOArblay (1752ETH1840) from Fournal (1768) AuthorOs Preface to Evelina (1778) Letter to Samuel Crisp (1782) from Dedication to The Wanderer (1814) Elizabeth Simpson Inchbald (1753ETH1821) Selected ORemarksO from The British Theatre (1808) Letter to George Colman, the Younger (1818) Phillis Wheatley (1753?ETH1784) On Recollection (1773) On Imagination (1773) To S. M. a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works (1773) Hannah Webster Foster (1758ETH1840) from The Boarding School (1798) Elizabeth Hamilton (1758ETH1816) from The Breakfast Table (1818) Mary Robinson (1758ETH1800) Preface to Sappho and Phaon (1796) Mary Woolstonecraft (1759ETH1797) Advertisement to Mary, a Fiction (1788) Selected Reviews from The Analytical Review (c. 1790) Letter to Mary Hays (1792) On Poetry and our Relish for the Beauties of Nature (1796) Preface to The Wrongs of Woman; or Maria (1798) Mary Hays (1760ETH1843) from Letters and Essays, Moral and Miscellaneous (1793) Joanna Baillie (1762ETH1851) from OIntroductory DiscourseO to Plays on the Passions (1798) OTo the REaderO from A Series of Plays (1812) Ann Ward Radcliffe (1764ETH1823) On the Supernatural in Poetry (1826) Dorothea Mendelssohn Veit Schlegel (1764ETH1839) from OA Conversation about the Latest Novels by French Women WritersO (1803) Anne-Louise Germaine Necker de Sta'l (1766ETH1817) Essay on Fictions (1795) from On Literature (1800) Maria Edgeworth (1768ETH1849) Letter to Miss Ruxton (1809) Letter to Elizabeth Inchbald (1810) Jane Austen (1775ETH1817) Selected letters (1809ETH1816) from Northanger Abbey (1818) from Persuasion (1818) Rachel Mordecai Lazarus (1788ETH1838) Correspondence with Maria Edgeworth (1815ETH1821) Biographical and Bibliographical Sources Members of the Folger Collective on Early Women Critics Indexshow more

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