Nobody's Story is a ground-breaking exploration of the careers of five influential women writers of the Restoration and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
The `nobodies' of her title are not ignored, silenced, erased, or anonymous women. Instead, they are literal nobodies: the abstractions of authorial personae, printed books, scandalous allegories, intellectual property rights, literary reputation, debts and obligations, and fictional characters. These are the exchangeable tokens of modern authorship that lent new cultural power to the increasing number of women writers during the eighteenth century. Women writers, Gallagher discovers, invented and popularized numerous ingenious similarities between their gender and their occupation. Far from creating only minor variations on an essentially masculine figure, they delineated crucial features of `the author' for the period in general by emphasizing their trials and triumphs in the market place.
Aphra Behn (1640-1689) and Delarivier Manley (1663-1724) became popular and notorious by likening their authorship to the perceived `nothingness' of female sexuality and deceptions of scandalous rumour-mongering. This preoccupation with absence and misrepresentation, Gallagher argues, was imported into the novel, the new genre that encouraged identification with `nobodies' - with fictional characters understood to have no individual embodied referents in the world. In studies of the economic relations, authorial personae, and fictional techniques of Charlotte Lennox (1729-1804), Frances Burney (1752-1840), and Maria Edgeworth (1768?-1849), the book details the evolving connection between the development of the novel and the growing prestige of the female author.
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very interesting book ... In this entertaining and thoughtful book, the studies of Burney and Edgeworth are particularly good ... she is wonderfully shrewd and alert. Other readers of novels can learn from her. ( The Times Literary Supplement)
Intricate and carefully evolved readings of a number of now 'key' texts in the study of eighteenth-century fiction form the main body of the text ... More significant, perhaps, than the seriousness and complexity with which these texts are treated is the contribution the book makes overall to both feminist literary history and the study of the novel, providing one of the most convincing arguments yet for the study of the novel, providing one of the most convincing arguments yet for the necessity for these kinds of analysis to be conducted in tandem. ( Ros Ballaster, Mansfield College, Oxford, Review of English Studies, Vol. XLVIII, No. 189, feb '97)
an important, playful and stimulating book ... Gallagher's study takes nothing for granted conceptually ( Angela Keane, University of Salford, British Journal for Eighteenth- Century Studies, vol. 20, pt. 1, Spring 1997)
Catherine Gallagher uses her ambiguous title to make a very clear methodological statement ... Nobody's Story is a story about the rise of the novel. It is a major contribution to feminism;s longstanding project to rewrite Ian Watt's seminal version of that story. ( Women: A Cultural Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, '97)
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0198182430
Descrizione libro Clarendon Press. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria zk0198182430