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The Practice of Quixotism

Postmodern Theory and Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing

Authors: Gordon, S.

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Using postmodern theory, The Practice of Quixotism explores eighteenth-century women's texts that use quixote narratives, which typically demand that individuals purge their minds of internalized fictions to insist instead that the reality we encounter is inevitably mediated by the texts we have read.

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SCOTT PAUL GORDON is an Associate Professor of English, and Co-Director of the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, at Lehigh University. He has published The Power of the Passive Self in English Literature, 1640-1770 (2002), as well as numerous articles on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British culture.

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"Cervantes errant knight emerges as a metaphor for aberrant imagination in Scott Paul Gordon s discussion of the clash between Romantic and Enlightenment thought. Ranging across materials by early women writers - satire, poetry, and prose fiction - Gordon finds that the Quixotic becomes synonymous with misreading. This book then parries with established critical readings to offer provocative reinterpretations of its own." - Janine Barchas, University of Texas at Austin

"The Practice of Quixotism is a profoundly learned, astonishingly clever, and repeatedly eye- opening book.Differentiating between orthodox quixote narratives (which ask us to believe in the possibility of waking up to the real) and those texts that foster greater skepticism toward how reality is constructed, Gordon illustrates the unexpected ways that the quixote trope was employed during the long eighteenth century in Great Britain. Through careful readings of works by Charlotte Lennox, Sarah Fielding, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Sophia Lee, and Ann Radcliffe, among others, Gordon offers fascinating epistemological and narrative connections.The book makes an important contribution to several fields of inquiry, simultaneously illuminating the literature of quixotes past and present theoretical controversies.Gordon convincingly demonstrates that all of us are quixotic, whether we acknowledge it or not, and shows that at least some eighteenth-century authors were wise to the problem.No previous scholar has given us such depth of perspective on the subject." - Devoney Looser, University of Missouri-Columbia"The Practice of Quixotism reflects Gordon's skill as a widely rea hermeneut, and it is a remarkable work of intellectual history and literary criticsm. By viewing the transition from Enlightenment to Romantic thought through the lenses of the quixote trope and postmodern theory, Gordon forces a reconsideration of the feminist critical consensus on works by Lennox, Lee, Sarah Fielding, and others. Through complex and subtle readings of women's writing, Gordon offers a new way to understand British culture in the long eighteenth century." - Stephen A. Raynie, Gordon College


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Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Practice of Quixotism
Book Subtitle
Postmodern Theory and Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing
Authors
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-60153-6
DOI
10.1057/9780230601536
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7444-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53506-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 241
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