The Rise of the English Novel Women And The Novel - Essay

Women And The Novel

(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))

Paula R. Backscheider (essay date 1979)

SOURCE: "Woman's Influence," in Studies in the Novel, Vol. XI, No. 1, Spring, 1979, pp. 3-22.

[In the essay that follows, Backscheider examines some methods of influencing other people, particularly men, and bringing about change that female authors of early novels gave to their female characters.]

The meaning and attainment of influence, power, and success frequently provide conflicts and themes for fiction. In spite of the fact that female writers were necessarily concerned with these concepts, that readers of novels were predominantly women, and that the issues of the Feminist Controversy remained...

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