The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England: Literature, Commerce and Luxury (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment) (Hardcover)

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The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England: Literature, Commerce and Luxury (Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment) (Hardcover)

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In the Eighteenth-century, critics of capitalism denounced the growth of luxury and effeminacy; supporters applauded the increase of refinement and the improved status of women. This pioneering study explores the way the association of commerce and femininity permeated cultural production. It looks at the first use of a female author as an icon of modernity in the Athenian Mercury, and reappraises works by Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Mandeville, Defoe, Pope and Elizabeth Carter. Samuel Richardson's novels represent the culmination of the English debate, while contemporary essays by David Hume move towards a fully-fledged enlightenment theory of feminization.
E. J. CLERY is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Southampton, UK. She is the author of The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 (1995) and Women's Gothic from Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley (2000), co-editor of Gothic Documents: A Sourcebook, 1700-1820 and Authorship, Commerce and the Public: Scenes of Writing, 1750-1850, and has published widely on Eighteenth-century and Romantic-era literature and culture.
Product Details ISBN: 9780333777329
ISBN-10: 0333777328
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: July 29th, 2004
Pages: 234
Language: English
Series: Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment