Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660–1727

Authors: Gevirtz, K.

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This book shows how early women novelists from Aphra Behn to Mary Davys drew on debates about the self generated by the 'scientific' revolution to establish the novel as a genre. Fascinated by the problematic idea of a unified self underpinning modes of thinking, female novelists innovated narrative structures to interrogate this idea.

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Karen Gevirtz is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Seton Hall University, USA.

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“Gevirtz’s argument is energetic and observant, bringing a fresh and relatively detached eye to the history of the ‘rise’ of the novel. Her book turns our attention anew and with originality to the history of ‘omniscience’ in fiction.” (Ros Ballaster, Sharp News, Vol. 24 (4), 2015)

"'Exploring 'scientific' writers such as Newton, Boyle, Hooke, and Locke in the context of well-known and largely female literary writers like Behn, Barker, Haywood, and Davys, Gevirtz's ideas are fresh and new and will contribute widely to contemporary discussions of science and the history of the novel, as well as women's writing and culture, gender issues in this historical period, and narrative strategies." - Judy Hayden, Professor of English and Writing, The University of Tampa, USA

"Connecting the practices of the natural philosopher with those of the novelist, Karen Gevirtz offers an incisive, lucid account of the fashioning of a knowing yet detached narrator within early fiction by women. Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727 is as astute about Boyle and Newton as it is about Behn and Haywood, drawing together the prehistories of scientific objectivity and novelistic omniscience in an original narrative on the emergence of a modern self." - Peter Walmsley, Professor of English, McMaster University, Canada

"Karen Gevirtz writes with remarkable skill on relations between literature and science in the early modern period. This is a book that turns conventional literary history inside out and offers fresh perspectives on technologies of the observing self and emerging forms of prose fiction." - Alvin Snider, Associate Professor of English, The University of Iowa, USA


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660–1727
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Karen Bloom Gevirtz
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38676-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137386762
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38920-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-48230-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 247
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