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Women Writing Fancy

Authorship and Autonomy from 1611 to 1812

Authors: Smyth, Maura

  • Revitalizes an important but dismissed trope in literary history and the history of gender studies
  • Examines a wealth of source material including works by Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Anna Barbauld
  • Re-conceptualizes the vitality of Fancy as a feminist mode of thought, becoming the first full-length study to do so
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Maura Smyth is Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Previously, she was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Fancy—The Untold Story of an Aesthetic Rogue

    Smyth, Maura

    Pages 1-38

  • Threads That Go Nowhere in The Tempest and The New Atlantis

    Smyth, Maura

    Pages 41-73

  • Finding Fancy in Leviathan and Paradise Lost

    Smyth, Maura

    Pages 75-112

  • Margaret Cavendish’s Fashioning of Fancy

    Smyth, Maura

    Pages 115-150

  • Going Undercover with Aphra Behn’s “Female Pen”

    Smyth, Maura

    Pages 151-197

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49427-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49426-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-84159-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Women Writing Fancy
Book Subtitle
Authorship and Autonomy from 1611 to 1812
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49427-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49427-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49426-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-84159-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 295
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