Didactic Novels and British Women’s Writing, 1790-1820 by Hilary Havens

By Hilary Havens

Tracing the increase of behavior literature and the didactic novel over the process the eighteenth century, this ebook explores how British girls used the didactic novel style to interact in political debate in the course of and instantly after the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. even if didactic novels have been often traditional in constitution, they supplied a venue for girls to uphold, to undermine, to interrogate, yet most significantly, to jot down approximately applicable social codes and values. The essays talk about the multifaceted ways that didacticism and women’s writing have been hooked up and display the reforming power of this female and ostensibly constricting style. concentrating on works by means of novelists from Jane West to Susan Ferrier, the gathering argues that didactic novels inside of those a long time have been quite female; that they have been one of the few applicable methods during which ladies may perform public political debate; and they usually blurred political and ideological obstacles. the 1st half addresses either conservative and radical texts of the 1790s to teach their shared specialise in institutional reform and indebtedness to Mary Wollstonecraft, regardless of their huge ideological diversity. within the moment half, the tips of Hannah extra impact the methods authors after the French revolution frequently associated the didactic with household development and nationwide harmony. The essays show the skill through which the didactic style works as a corrective not only on a private and person point, yet on the political point via its specialize in concerns comparable to inheritance, slavery, the jobs of girls and youngsters, the bounds of the unconventional, and English and Scottish nationalism. This e-book bargains a entire and wide-ranging photograph of ways girls with a number of ideological and academic foundations have been excited about British political discourse in the course of a time of radical partisanship and social change.

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