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The seduction narrative in Britain, 1747-1800 /
Katherine Binhammer.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
description
vii, 246 p.
ISBN
9780521111348
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
isbn
9780521111348
contents note
Knowing love : the epistemology of Clarissa -- The whore's love or the Magdalen's seduction -- After knowledge : married heroines and seduction -- Seduction in street literature -- Melodramatic seduction : 1790's fiction and the excess of the real.
catalogue key
7035916
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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"Nevertheless, Binhammer's book has implications that reach across the lines of gender and lay the groundwork for future studies, not only of the changing perceptions of women's selfhood in the nineteenth century but also of parallel developments in male selfhood and emergent notions of the modern individual." -Rachel Carnell,Cleveland State University
Review of the hardback: 'All in all, the examination of seduction narratives turns out to be more productive in filling in the subtleties of women's history than one might have thought before reading this well-argued book.' Ruth Perry, Times Literary Supplement
'All in all, the examination of seduction narratives turns out to be more productive in filling in the subtleties of women's history than one might have thought before reading this well-argued book.' Ruth Perry, Times Literary Supplement
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Eighteenth-century literature displays a fascination with the seduction of a virtuous young heroine, most famously illustrated by Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and repeated in 1790s radical women's novels, in the many memoirs by fictional or real penitent prostitutes, and in street print. Across fiction, ballads, essays and miscellanies, stories were told of women's mistaken belief in their lovers' vows. In this 2009 book Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives from the late eighteenth century within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives. Drawing on new historicism, feminism, and narrative theory, Binhammer argues that the seduction narrative allowed writers to explore different fates for the heroine than the domesticity that became the dominant form in later literature. This study will appeal to scholars of eighteenth-century literature, social and cultural history, and women's and gender studies.
Main Description
Eighteenth-century literature displays a fascination with the seduction of a virtuous young heroine, most famously illustrated by Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and repeated in 1790s radical women's novels, in the many memoirs by fictional or real penitent prostitutes, and in street print. Across fiction, ballads, essays and miscellanies, stories were told of women's mistaken belief in their lovers' vows. Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives from the late eighteenth century within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives. Drawing on new historicism, feminism, and narrative theory, Binhammer argues that the seduction narrative allowed writers to explore different fates for the heroine than the domesticity that became the dominant form in later literature. This study will appeal to scholars of eighteenth-century literature, social and cultural history, and women's and gender studies.
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The seduction of a virtuous young heroine was an immensely popular plot in eighteenth-century literature, most famously in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa. Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives.
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The seduction of a virtuous young heroine was an immensely popular plot in 18th-century literature, most famously in Samuel Richardson's 'Clarissa'. Binhammer surveys seduction narratives within the context of the ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives.
Description for Bookstore
The seduction of a virtuous young heroine was an immensely popular plot in eighteenth-century literature, most famously in Samuel Richardson's Clarissa. This 2009 book surveys seduction narratives within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing love: the epistemology of Clarissa
The whore's love or the Magdalen's seduction
After knowledge: married heroines and seduction
Seduction in street literature
Melodramatic seduction: 1790s fiction and the excess of the real
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