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The sign of Angellica : women, writing, and fiction, 1660-1800 /
Janet Todd.
New York : Columbia University Press, c1989.
328 p. ; 24 cm.
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New York : Columbia University Press, c1989.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
Bibliography: p. 304-318.
Gift to Victoria University Library. Silber, Andrew. 2005/07/27.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1989-12-01:
Expanding upon her work as editor and contributor to the Dictionary of British and American Women Writers 1660-1800 (Rowman & Alanheld, 1985), Todd makes another superb contribution to feminist literary history. Works of fiction written by representative women writers in Great Britain from the Restoration through the late 18th century are reviewed and examined in the context of the cultural, literary, and political climate of the time. Readers who have missed the writings of authors such as the Duchess of Newcastle, Mary de la Riviere Manley, Aphra Behn, and Fanny Burney will be stimulated to read them. Others will appreciate Todd's overview of the achievements, trials, and errors of the individual writers. This engaging scholarly work is highly recommended.-- Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, N.J.
Appeared in Choice on 1990-11:
Todd's editing of Dictionary of British and American Women Writers, 1660-1800 (CH, Jun'85) makes her well qualified to deal with this subject matter. The book is a valuable reference work but is a bit overwhelming in the amount of material covered, especially in the beginning sections on the aspects of economics, politics, religion, philosophy, social customs, education, and the images of women. The subject of the first section is women writing in the Restoration and early 18th century, including the female wits Aphra Behn and Delarivier Manley. The second section is on women writers of the mid-18th Century--novelists of sentiment and sensibility. The final section considers novelists of the end of the century: the radicals Wollstonecraft and Mary Hays, and the reactionaries with the more moral novels--Ann Radcliffe with the successful gothic novel and Fanny Burney with the novel of initiation into society. Throughout, Todd keeps the reader aware of the restrictions and difficulties these women writers encountered in a male-dominated society. The most satisfying discussion concentrates on the works and techniques of Radcliffe, perhaps a favorite of Todd's. A good note section and bibliography are included. Recommended for graduate students. -L. Friedman, Columbus College
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Library Journal, December 1989
Choice, November 1990
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