Matched pairs : gender and intertextual dialogue in eighteenth-century fiction /
Joseph F. Bartolomeo.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2002.
242 p. ; 25 cm.
0874137993 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c2002.
0874137993 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 220-233) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
Bartolomeo (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) aims to correct the "essentialist" consequences of much feminist criticism of early English women novelists by investigating the intertextual dialogues between five cross-gendered pairs of novels: Eliza Haywood's "Unfortunate Mistress" (Idalia) and Defoe's "Fortunate Mistress" (Roxana); Sarah Fielding's reversal, in David Simple, of the heroic paradigm of Joseph Andrews; Charlotte Lennox's comic revision (The Female Quixote) of Clarissa; Roderick Random and Evelina as gendered quests of personal identity; and the importance of narrative and authorial confession in Lewis's The Monk and Radcliffe's The Italian. Modeled on Ann Messenger's rather informal approach to cross-gendered texts in His and Hers (CH, Jan'87), Bartolomeo's latter-day focus on a single genre--embracing a generation of feminist and historicist opinion on the place of women writers in the rise of the novel--results in a denser, more problematic study that resists neat summary and undermines conventional distinctions like "male/female Gothic" and "male bildungsroman." A concluding chapter relates the different intertextual strategies examined to the preconceptions that readers brought to these novels at different times during the formative century of the novel. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic collections serving upper-division undergraduates through faculty. G. R. Wasserman emeritus, Russell Sage College
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By pairing individual novels by women with those by men, the author is able to explore multiple dimensions and implications of intertextuality across gender lines during the formative century of novel-writing in England. Dealing with pairs of novels by Eliza Haywood and Daniel Defoe. Henry and Sarah Fielding, Samuel Richardson and Charlotte Lenox, Tobias Smollett and Frances Burney, and Ann Radcliffe and Matthew G. Lewis allows Bartolorneo to describe, analyze, and elevate early women novelists' achievements.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. 9
Acknowledgmentsp. 13
Introduction: Grounds for Comparisonp. 17
Authorizing the Mistress: Idalia and Roxanap. 31
Plotting the "Masculine" and "Feminine" Hero: Joseph Andrews and David Simplep. 58
"Feminine" Tragedy and Quixotic Comedy: Clarissa and The Female Quixotep. 90
Entering into Gendered Worlds: Roderick Random and Evelinap. 123
Confessional Discourse and the (Un)gendering of the Gothic: The Monk and The Italianp. 151
Conclusion: Consequences of Comparisonp. 176
Notesp. 194
Bibliographyp. 220
Indexp. 235
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