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- DescriptionElizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel is the first in-depth study of Rowe's prose fiction. A four-volume collection of her work was a bestseller for a hundred years after its publication, but today Rowe is a largely unrecognized figure in the history of the vel. Although her poetry was appreciated by poets such as Alexander Pope for its metrical craftsmanship, beauty, and imagery, by the time of her death in 1737 she was better kwn for her fiction. According to Paula R. Backscheider, Rowe's major focus in her vels was on creating characters who were seeking a harmonious, contented life, often in the face of considerable social pressure. This quest would become the plotline in a large number of works in the second half of the eighteenth century, and it continues to be a major theme today in vels by women. Backscheider relates Rowe's work to popular fiction written by earlier writers as well as by her contemporaries. Rowe had a lasting influence on major movements, including the politeness (or gentility) movement, the reading revolution, and the Bluestocking society. The author reveals new information about each of these movements, and Elizabeth Singer Rowe emerges as an important invator. Her influence resulted in new types of vel writing, philosophies, and lifestyles for women. Backscheider looks to archival materials, literary analysis, biographical evidence, and a configuration of cultural and feminist theories to prove her groundbreaking argument.
- Author BiographyPaula R. Backscheider is the Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar at Auburn University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre; Daniel Defoe: His Life; and Revising Women: Eighteenth-Century Women's Fiction and Social Engagement, all published by Johns Hopkins.
- Author(s)Paula R. Backscheider
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication22/03/2013
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note22, 22 black & white illustrations
- Weight567 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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