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Seductive forms : women's amatory fiction from 1684-1740

Author: Rosalind Ballaster
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. Seductive Forms explores the means by which the three leading Tory women novelists of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries challenged and reworked both contemporary gender ideologies and generic convention. The  Read more...
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Ballaster, Rosalind.
Seductive forms.
Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)756462081
Named Person: Aphra Behn; Manley, Mrs.; Eliza Fowler Haywood; Aphra Behn; Eliza Fowler Haywood; Manley, Mrs.; Aphra Behn; Mary de la Riviere Manley; Eliza Haywood
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Rosalind Ballaster
ISBN: 0198112440 9780198112440
OCLC Number: 24906939
Description: 232 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The rise of the novel: gender and genre in theories of prose fiction --
Observing the forms: amatory fiction and the constitution of a female reader --
"A devil on't, the woman damns the poet": Aphra Behn's fictions of feminine identity --
"A genius for love": sex as politics in Delarivier Manley's scandal fiction --
"Preparatives to love": fiction as seduction in Eliza Haywood's amatory prose --
Conclusion: The decline of amatory fiction: re(de)fining the female form.
Responsibility: Ros Ballaster.
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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. Seductive Forms explores the means by which the three leading Tory women novelists of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries challenged and reworked both contemporary gender ideologies and generic convention. The seduction plot provided Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywood with a vehicle for dramatising their own appropriation of the 'masculine' power of fiction-making. Seduction is employed in these fictions as a metaphor for both novelistic production (the seduction of the reader by the writer) and party political machination (the seduction of the public by the politician). This challenging and lively book also explores the debts early prose fiction owes to French seventeenth-century models of fiction-writing and argues that Behn, Manley, and Haywood succeed in producing a distinctively 'English' and female 'form' for the amatory novel.

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