Masking and unmasking the female mind : disguising romances in feminine fiction, 1713-1799 /
Mary Anne Schofield.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1990.
217 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0874133653 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1990.
0874133653 (alk. paper)
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Gift to Victoria University Library. Sheps, Arthur. 2005/02/24.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-212) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-12:
Schofield cites an alternative history of the novel: "the history of female fiction, the story of the romance' and woman's search for self through its pages and conventions." She sets out to explore two ideas--the "private-public dichotomy" of the woman writer, now familiar to feminist readers, and the masquerade, previously discussed by Terry Castle with reference to masculine texts only. The strength of this book is its scope. In the process of exploring her themes, Scholfield uncovers and dissects a multitude of women writers--from Elizabeth Boyd to Mary Collyer in Part 1 and from the "later Haywood" through Jane West in Part 2. These chapters provide a valuable introduction to women's 18th-century texts for the uninitiated. Yet this same ambitious scope means that an overall argument concerning the ultimate meaning and form of a female tradition is less than clear; this book would have been stronger with a longer and more comprehensive introduction and conclusion. For libraries with large collections. -B. Kowaleski-Wallace, Boston College
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This work concentrates on how eighteenth-century feminine novelists articulate the concerns important to women's lives and fates, and argues that these novelists used their romances to combat the controlling ideologies of the age.

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