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Reading Fictions, 1660-1740

Reading Fictions, 1660-1740

Deception in English Literary and Political Culture

  • Author: Kate Loveman
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 9780754662372
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 222
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Kate Loveman explores the ways in which seventeenth- and eighteenth-century reading habits were applied to and shaped genres. Examining works by authors such as Defoe, Swift, Richardson and Fielding, she recovers a lost critical discourse through which authors and readers interrogated, mocked, and elaborated fictions. Her lively book offers a striking new approach to Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and politics, in particular to understanding the development of the novel.

Fictions of Isolation

Fictions of Isolation

Artistic and Intellectual Exchange in Rome During the First Half of the Nineteenth Century : Papers from a Conference Held at the Accademia Di Danimarca, Rome, 5-7 June, 2003

  • Author: Lorenz Enderlein,Nino M. Zchomelidse
  • Publisher: L'ERMA di BRETSCHNEIDER
  • ISBN: 9788882654139
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 292
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Fictions of Affliction

Fictions of Affliction

Physical Disability in Victorian Culture

  • Author: Martha Stoddard Holmes
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • ISBN: 9780472025961
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 248
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"Highly recommended . . . Holmes moves seamlessly from novelists like Charles Dickens to sociologists like Henry Mayhew to autobiographers like John Kitto." ---Choice "An absolutely stunning book that will make a significant contribution to both Victorian literary studies and disability studies." ---Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Emory University "Establishes that Victorian melodrama informs many of our contemporary notions of disability . . . We have inherited from the Victorians not pandemic disability, but rather the complex of sympathy and fear." ---Victorian Studies Tiny Tim, Clym Yeobright, Long John Silver---what underlies nineteenth-century British literature's fixation with disability? Melodramatic representations of disability pervaded not only novels, but also doctors' treatises on blindness, educators' arguments for "special" education, and even the writing of disabled people themselves. Drawing on extensive primary research, Martha Stoddard Holmes introduces readers to popular literary and dramatic works that explored culturally risky questions like "can disabled men work?" and "should disabled women have babies?" and makes connections between literary plots and medical, social, and educational debates of the day. Martha Stoddard Holmes is Associate Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at California State University, San Marcos.

Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siècle

Fictions of Loss in the Victorian Fin de Siècle

Identity and Empire

  • Author: Stephen Arata
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 0521563526
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 235
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Explores literary responses to the sense of irretrievable decline which marks fin-de-siècle culture.

Finding the Plot

Finding the Plot

Storytelling in Popular Fictions

  • Author: Diana Holmes,David Platten
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443865443
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 345
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“Plot”, writes Peter Brooks, “is so basic to our very experience of reading, and indeed to our articulation of experience in general, that criticism has often passed it over in silence…” (Reading for the Plot, xi). Finding the Plot both explores and helps to redress this critical neglect. The book brings together an international group of scholars to address the nature, effects and specific pleasures of consuming stories. If the central focus is on France and popular literary fiction, the book’s scope – like contemporary fiction itself – observes no national frontiers, and extends across a variety of media. The book addresses both the empirical question of which genres and types of text have been and are most “popular”, and the theoretical questions of how plots work, what pleasures they offer to readers, and why it matters that the plot should not be lost.

Passing and the Fictions of Identity

Passing and the Fictions of Identity

  • Author: Elaine K. Ginsberg,Donald E. Pease
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 9780822317647
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 298
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Passing refers to the process whereby a person of one race, gender, nationality, or sexual orientation adopts the guise of another. Historically, this has often involved black slaves passing as white in order to gain their freedom. More generally, it has served as a way for women and people of color to access male or white privilege. In their examination of this practice of crossing boundaries, the contributors to this volume offer a unique perspective for studying the construction and meaning of personal and cultural identities. These essays consider a wide range of texts and moments from colonial times to the present that raise significant questions about the political motivations inherent in the origins and maintenance of identity categories and boundaries. Through discussions of such literary works as Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom, The Autobiography of an Ex–Coloured Man, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Hidden Hand, Black Like Me, and Giovanni’s Room, the authors examine issues of power and privilege and ways in which passing might challenge the often rigid structures of identity politics. Their interrogation of the semiotics of behavior, dress, language, and the body itself contributes significantly to an understanding of national, racial, gender, and sexual identity in American literature and culture. Contextualizing and building on the theoretical work of such scholars as Judith Butler, Diana Fuss, Marjorie Garber, and Henry Louis Gates Jr., Passing and the Fictions of Identity will be of value to students and scholars working in the areas of race, gender, and identity theory, as well as U.S. history and literature. Contributors. Martha Cutter, Katharine Nicholson Ings, Samira Kawash, Adrian Piper, Valerie Rohy, Marion Rust, Julia Stern, Gayle Wald, Ellen M. Weinauer, Elizabeth Young

Reality Fictions

Reality Fictions

The Films of Frederick Wiseman

  • Author: Thomas W. Benson
  • Publisher: SIU Press
  • ISBN: 9780809389377
  • Category:
  • Page: 404
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Foundational Fictions

Foundational Fictions

The National Romances of Latin America

  • Author: Doris Sommer
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520913868
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 418
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National consolidation and romantic novels go hand in hand in Latin America. Foundational Fictions shows how 19th century patriotism and heterosexual passion historically depend on one another to engender productive citizens.

Founding Fictions of the Dutch Caribbean

Founding Fictions of the Dutch Caribbean

Cola Debrot's "My Black Sister" and Boeli Van Leeuwen's A Stranger on Earth

  • Author: Olga Elaine Rojer,Joseph O. Aimone
  • Publisher: Peter Lang
  • ISBN: 9780820488196
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 158
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Cola Debrot's "-My Black Sister-" and Boeli van Leeuwen's "A Stranger on Earth" are two pivotal works from the early period of postcolonial Dutch-language fiction from the Dutch Caribbean. Each portrays different aspects of the predicament of postcolonial identity, gender, race, and politics in the vein best known as -tropic existentialism.- "Founding Fictions of the Dutch Caribbean" is suitable for courses on Caribbean literature and postcolonial literature, and will be of great interest to readers of fiction in general."

The Passionate Fictions of Eliza Haywood

The Passionate Fictions of Eliza Haywood

Essays on Her Life and Work

  • Author: Kirsten T. Saxton,Rebecca P. Bocchicchio
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813147638
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 378
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The most prolific woman writer of the eighteenth century, Eliza Haywood (1693-1756?) was a key player in the history of the English novel. Along with her contemporary Defoe, she did more than any other writer to create a market for fiction prior to the emergence of Richardson, Fielding, and Smollett. Also one of Augustan England's most popular authors, Haywood came to fame in 1719 with the publication of her first novel, Love in Excess. In addition to writing fiction, she was a playwright, translator, bookseller, actress, theater critic, and editor of The Female Spectator, the first English periodical written by women for women. Though tremendously popular, her novels and plays from the 1720s and 30s scandalized the reading public with explicit portrayals of female sexuality and led others to call her "the Great Arbitress of Passion." Essays in this collection explore themes such as the connections between Haywood's early and late work, her experiments with the form of the novel, her involvement in party politics, her use of myth and plot devices, and her intense interest in the imbalance of power between men and women. Distinguished scholars such as Paula Backschieder, Felicity Nussbaum, and John Richetti approach Haywood from a number of theoretical and topical positions, leading the way in a crucial reexamination of her work. The Passionate Fictions of Eliza Haywood examines the formal and ideological complexities of her prose and demonstrates how Haywood's texts deft traditional schematization.