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Women writing fancy : authorship and autonomy from 1611 to 1812

Author: Maura Josephine Smyth
Publisher: Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
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This book brings to the foreground the largely forgotten “Fancy” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and follows its traces as they extend into the nineteenth and twentieth. Trivialized for its flightiness and femininity, Fancy nonetheless provided seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women writers such as Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Anna Barbauld a mode of vision  Read more...
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Smyth, Maura.
Women writing fancy : authorship and autonomy from 1611 to 1812.
[Cham, Switzerland] : Palgrave Macmillan, c2017
x, 295 pages
2017938579
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Maura Josephine Smyth
ISBN: 9783319494272 3319494279 3319494260 9783319494265
OCLC Number: 993623543
Description: 1 online resource (x, 295 pages).
Contents: Women Writing Fancy; Acknowledgments; Contents; 1 Introduction: Fancy-The Untold Story of an Aesthetic Rogue; Fancy's Arrival; The Flight of Fancy; Fancy and the History of Women's Writing; Perspectives on Fancy's Flightiness; Part I Defining Modernity and Fixing Fancy; 2 Threads That Go Nowhere in The Tempest and The New Atlantis; The Fanciful Form of the Island; Fragments and Figments of The Tempest; The Fable of The New Atlantis; 3 Finding Fancy in Leviathan and Paradise Lost; Putting the Genie of Fancy Back in the Bottle; Constructing Political Artifice; Fancy in Paradise Gendered Fancies, Female Sovereignty, and How Things Might BePart II Talking Back: Fanciful 'Creatoresses' of the Novel; 4 Margaret Cavendish's Fashioning of Fancy; Enchanted Matter; Fancy's Flight from Mind to World; Room to Move and Speak; A World of One's Own; Alternate Patterns of the World; 5 Going Undercover with Aphra Behn's "Female Pen"; Agent of Illumination: The Narrator and Her Voice; Materializing Oroonoko; Idealizing Imoinda; The Female Narrator: Painter, Poet, Prophet; 6 Plotting Fancy in The New Atalantis and Fantomina; Varieties of Imagination, Polite, and Otherwise Narrative Excess in The New AtalantisPlotting Narrative "Intreague" in Fantomina; Part III Fancy's Afterlife; 7 Afterword: Fancy and the Tinctures, Tones, and Flavors of History; "Scanning Deep," or Training a Critical View; Fancifying History; 8 Coda: The Persistence of Fancy; Bibliography; Index
Responsibility: Maura Smyth.

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This book brings to the foreground the largely forgotten “Fancy” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and follows its traces as they extend into the nineteenth and twentieth. Trivialized for its flightiness and femininity, Fancy nonetheless provided seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women writers such as Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Anna Barbauld a mode of vision that could detect flaws in the Enlightenment’s patriarchal systems and glimpse new, female-authored worlds and genres. In carving out unreal, fanciful spaces within the larger frame of patriarchal culture, these women writers planted Fancy—and, with it, female authorial invention—at the cornerstone of Enlightenment empirical endeavor. By finally taking Fancy seriously, this book offers an alternate genealogy of female authorship and a new framework for understanding modernity’s triumph.

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