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Sensibility and economics in the novel, 1740-1800 : the price of a tear

Author: Gillian Skinner
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
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Sensibility and Economics in the Novel, 1740-1800 argues that the sentimental novel, usually seen as a `feminine' genre concentrating exclusively on emotional response, is in fact actively involved in contemporary economic and political debates. Introducing works of economic theory alongside sentimental fiction, Gillian Skinner shows how discourses of sentimentalism are closely related to the developing discourses  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Skinner, Gillian.
Sensibility and economics in the novel, 1740-1800.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999
(DLC) 97031889
(OCoLC)37688254
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Skinner
ISBN: 9780230372566 0230372562
OCLC Number: 759110532
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 232 pages)
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Introduction --
Economic Sense and Sensibility in David Simple, Tom Jones and The Countess of Dellwyn --
Sexual Innocence and Economic Experience: Amelia and Ophelia --
'Godlike Benefactors': Patriarchal Patterns in Lady Julia Mandeville, The Vicar of Wakefield and The Expedition of Humphry Clinker --
'Above Economy': The History of Lady Barton, The Man of Feeling and A Sentimental Journey --
'The First Soft System': Commerce, Sensibility and Femininity in Barham Downs and Anna --
'The Mild Lustre of Modest Independence': Economies of Obligation in Novels of the 1790s --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Works Cited --
Index.
Responsibility: Gillian Skinner.
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Sensibility and Economics in the Novel, 1740-1800 argues that the sentimental novel, usually seen as a `feminine' genre concentrating exclusively on emotional response, is in fact actively involved in contemporary economic and political debates. Introducing works of economic theory alongside sentimental fiction, Gillian Skinner shows how discourses of sentimentalism are closely related to the developing discourses of economics in the period. Both discourses unite in the representation of the working woman in sentimental fiction, a figure hitherto ignored but vital to understanding the emergence of characters (largely, although not exclusively, female) designed to effect an unprecedented union of sensibility, femininity and economic ability. Spanning the period encompassing the rise, heyday and decline of sentimentalism, the book considers how the trajectory of the movement affected the sentimental novel's treatment of economic issues and their relations to discourses of sensibility and femininity, and assesses the impact of the pressures of the post-Revolutionary 1790s on these areas.

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