The English Realist Novel Women And The Novel - Essay

Women And The Novel

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Katherine Sobba Green (essay date 1991)

SOURCE: "The Courtship Novel: Textual Liberation for Women," in her The Courtship Novel 1740-1820: A Feminized Genre, Lexington, University Press of Kentucky, 1991, pp. 11-24.

[In this essay, Green discusses early courtship novels written by women within their literary, cultural, and historical contexts.]

However enlightened our understanding of patriarchy, when we thumb back through eighteenth-century conduct books we expect to find a language of containment and circumscription that preempts female hopes and desires—the monitory gesture, uplifted forefinger, and glowering brow, usually belonging to...

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