Women Writing Fancy: Authorship and Autonomy from 1611 to 1812 1st ed. 2017 Edition

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Maura Smyth

Year 2017
Pages 295
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Language en
ISBN 9783319494265
File Size 17.69 MB
File Format PDF
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This book brings to the foreground the largely forgotten “Fancy” of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and follows its traces as they extend into the nineteenth and twentieth. Trivialized for its flightiness and femininity, Fancy nonetheless provided seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women writers such as Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Anna Barbauld a mode of vision that could detect flaws in the Enlightenment’s patriarchal systems and glimpse new, female-authored worlds and genres. In carving out unreal, fanciful spaces within the larger frame of patriarchal culture, these women writers planted Fancy―and, with it, female authorial invention―at the cornerstone of Enlightenment empirical endeavor. By finally taking Fancy seriously, this book offers an alternate genealogy of female authorship and a new framework for understanding modernity’s triumph. QR Code Online