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Backscheider, Paula R.

Works: 63 works in 299 publications in 1 language and 17,177 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Bio-bibliography  Dictionaries  Biography  Biography‡vDictionaries  Handbooks, manuals, etc  Bibliography  Diary fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: PR3404, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paula R Backscheider
Revising women eighteenth-century "women's fiction" and social engagement by Paula R Backscheider( )
14 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 2,008 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Revising Women is a collection of essays by a distinguished group of feminist critics. Each essay is a contribution to the history of the English novel and demonstrates the "reactivation" of texts, a kind of criticism that produces rich contextualization in order to reveal the story beneath - not only of the individual writer but also of a text that is a cultural production with the potential to reveal why we and our society are as we are. Developing ways of using history in relation to literature, each essay takes up large historical events and issues, and interprets in fine detail what individuals do with them."
Restoration and eighteenth-century dramatists : first series ( Book )
20 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,717 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Focuses on English playwrights born between 1621 and 1666, practicing their art in the difficult and tumultuous circumstances following the English Civil War, the closing and dismantling of all theaters, and the reopening of theaters under Charles II
Daniel Defoe : his life by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
13 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,511 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eighteenth-century women poets and their poetry : inventing agency, inventing genre by Paula R Backscheider( )
14 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 1,459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This major original study offers a broad view of the writing and careers of eighteenth-century women poets, casting a new light on the ways in which poetry was read and enjoyed, on changing poetic tastes in British culture, and on the development of important poetic genres and traditions."--BOOK JACKET
Selected fiction and drama of Eliza Haywood by Eliza Fowler Haywood( )
8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This edition provides representative texts from Eliza Haywood's career, which overlaps that of Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, and Henry Fielding. The six fictions and two plays provided here illustrate the many kinds of writing she produced, and the ways she treated important themes and issues
Moll Flanders : the making of a criminal mind by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
6 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 897 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Moll Flanders, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author
Restoration and eighteenth-century dramatists ( Book )
13 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 881 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Focuses on English playwrights born between 1670 and 1727, whose careers flourished during one of the golden eras of British theater
Daniel Defoe : ambition & innovation by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
10 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Probability, time, and space in eighteenth-century literature by Modern Language Association of America( Book )
8 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A companion to the eighteenth-century English novel and culture by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
33 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aims to furnish readers with a cultural studies methodology and a vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral contexts. This volume is divided into three parts exploring formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the issues and philosophies of the period, and its lasting legacy
Reflections on biography by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aimed at all readers of biography - lifelong or occasional, critical or casual - this book examines the subject from many angles, and gives a tour of the decisions biographers make and the implications of those choices
Popular fiction by women, 1660-1730 : an anthology ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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
Spectacular politics : theatrical power and mass culture in early modern England by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
9 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The power of mass culture and the importance of public opinion seem rooted in the technology and political institutions of the twentieth century. But Paula Backscheider finds surprising evidence of their origin in seventeenth-century England. In Spectacular Politics: Theatrical Power and Mass Culture in Early Modern England, Backscheider argues that historians and literary critics have overestimated the importance of printed texts and literacy in the formation of a politically involved and opinionated public. Backscheider looks to other texts - to popular drama as well as less accessible forms such as street pageants and Christmas pantomimes - and discovers deliberate and sophisticated interactions of mass culture and public opinion. Backscheider offers three detailed examples of how popular literature participates in important social processes in which public opinion and acceptance are at stake. In the first reconstruction of the London street pageants staged from 1659 to 1662, she describes how Charles II used theatrical events to reimpose the concept of a Stuart monarchy - and how his opponents responded with rival entertainments advocating a different idea of the monarchy and the future. She then examines the London theatrical season of 1695-96, when one third of the new plays performed were written by women. Here Backscheider shows how transgressive, revisionary literature can awaken censoring and collaborative forces even as it opens debate. In her final section, Backscheider presents the first critical reconstruction and serious analysis of gothic drama, an early and indisputable example of "mass culture." She demonstrates how these popular entertainments expressed the public's deepest anxieties, while offering a redeeming image of humankind and the nation, as England faced the Regency Crisis of 1788-89 - when George III was judged "hopelessly mad." Backscheider illustrates the various ways in which literature participates in the ideological struggle for intellectual, moral, and philosophical dominance in a society. Each case also shows the significance of how a people imagines itself and its "story"--And what happens when established notions of identiry are challenged or threatened. At such moments of crisis, Backscheider concludes, radically original and culturally powerful texts come into being, new genres are created, and literary works become mass culture
A journal of the plague year by Daniel Defoe( Book )
7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents the annotated text of Daniel Defoe's fictionalized account of what it was like to live in London in 1665 when the city was in the grip of plague, and includes background on the London epidemic and other outbreaks, essays on the theme of community in crisis, and critical reviews of the novel
An annotated bibliography of twentieth-century critical studies of women and literature, 1660-1800 by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
7 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A being more intense : a study of the prose works of Bunyan, Swift, and Defoe by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
6 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the development of the English novel by Paula R Backscheider( Book )
9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel" is the first in-depth study of Rowe's prose fiction. A four-volume collection of her work was a bestseller for a hundred years after its publication, but today Rowe is a largely unrecognized figure in the history of the novel. Although her poetry was appreciated by poets such as Alexander Pope for its metrical craftsmanship, beauty, and imagery, by the time of her death in 1737 she was better known for her fiction. According to Paula R. Backscheider, Rowe's major focus in her novels was on creating characters who were seeking a harmonious, contented life, often in the face of considerable social pressure. This quest would become the plotline in a large number of works in the second half of the eighteenth century, and it continues to be a major theme today in novels by women. Backscheider relates Rowe's work to popular fiction written by earlier writers as well as by her contemporaries. Rowe had a lasting influence on major movements, including the politeness (or gentility) movement, the reading revolution, and the Bluestocking society. The author reveals new information about each of these movements, and Elizabeth Singer Rowe emerges as an important innovator. Her influence resulted in new types of novel writing, philosophies, and lifestyles for women. Backscheider looks to archival materials, literary analysis, biographical evidence, and a configuration of cultural and feminist theories to prove her groundbreaking argument
British women poets of the long eighteenth century : an anthology ( Book )
5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This anthology gathers 368 poems by 80 British women poets of the long eighteenth century. Few of these poems have been reprinted since originally published, and all are crucial to understanding fully the literary history of women writers. Paula R. Backscheider and Catherine Ingrassia demonstrate the enormous diversity of poetry produced during this time by organizing the poems in three broad and deliberately overlapping categories: by genre, establishing that women wrote in all of the forms that men did with equal mastery; by theme, offering a revisionary look at the range of topics these writers addressed, including war, ecology, friendship, religion, and the stages of life; and by the poems' more specific focus on the women's experiences as writers. Backscheider and Ingrassia have selected poems that represent the best work of skilled poets, creating a wonderful mix of canonical and little-known works. They include the complete texts of longer poems that are abridged or omitted in other collections. Their substantial part introductions, textual notes, bibliographical information, and biographical sketches situate the poets and their writings within the cultural and political milieu in which they appeared. In an effort to generate further scholarship on this subject, this essential anthology puts primary texts in front of students, scholars, and general readers. It fills the persistent need to document women's poetic expression during the long eighteenth century and to rewrite the literary history of the period, a history from which women have largely been excluded
A short narrative of the life and actions of His Grace John, D. of Marlborough by Daniel Defoe( Book )
5 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The excursion by Frances Brooke( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Backscheider, Paula.
Backscheider, Paula 1943-
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