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Among other things, the book was a paean to Marie-Antoinette, the Queen of France; an elegy for the "age of chivalry" and the "glory of Europe"; and a warning against revolutionary violence, especially against women. Many Englishmen and Englishwomen knew of Burke. Nearly all, if not all, of them were aware of the revolution that was spreading a few miles away across Channel waters.
Among the Englishwomen were four writers of outsized talents: What these writers thought and felt during the decade of the s, how their imaginations seized political history and turned it into fiction, is the subject of Equivocal Beings, Claudia L.
Johnson's brilliant, polished, and witty second book. She reads texts with the agility and depth that a wonderful conductor brings to a musical score. I have learned from Equivocal Beings. Reading it, I have even laughed out loud, too rare a response to a work of scholarship and criticism. Johnson's first book was Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel.
Johnson now argues that Austen's achievements-her irony, understatement, and perfect narrative control-have helped to block an adequate reading of the wild crazinesses of her immediate predecessors, although Austen herself read them very well.
However, Johnson suggests, we postmoderns have lenses through which we can now see a Burney, a Radcliffe, and a Wollstonecraft more fully and clearly. Not only do we possess such new methods as feminist criticism that enable revisionary readings.
Exactly two centuries after the s, our critical climate itself encourages them. For "rupture and privation now seem more credible than repose and fulfillment.
The s were notably not a decade of repose and fulfillment but of "profound ideological conflict and reconsolidation" page 32of revolution and reaction. How did Burney, Radcliffe, and Wollstonecraft verbally command this world?
How did novels and a crises-riven politics conjoin? A great meeting place, upon which Johnson focuses, was "sentimentality. At once idea, ideal, ethos, literary trope, behavior, and feeling, sentimentality infused political and domestic domains.
Doing so, it was inseparable from theories and practices of gender. During the s, Johnson proposes, male sentimentality was a decidedly male political virtue. But while formerly feminine gender traits such as tearfulness, irrationality, or susceptibility were recoded as masculine in order to promote political order, femininity itself, not to mention other kinds of masculinity, became curiously unstable-equivocal-as a result.
Gender itself was thrown into question. Women writers, like all women and men, have never been a monolingual, monolithic, monosyllabic, monotonal bloc.
Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, and Burney responded differently to the nexus of "politics, affectivity, and gender" page 25 connected to their lives and careers, particularly at a time when gender seemed so uncertain yet so central to the well-being of the nation.
A democrat and a feminist, Wollstonecraft's stances were oppositional, but her novels also point to the specificity of the female body.The Giants of French Literature_ Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, And Camus - Katherine L.
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The Giants of French Literature_ Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, And Camus - Katherine L. Elkins - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. Essays and criticism on William Dean Howells - Howells, William Dean.
In these explanations it is to be observed that each author emphasizes so~e particular phase or motive, which appeals to him, but, very justly, all refuse to give a hard and fast de-finition orthis class of literature.
Yet all agree that it should be a story of some particular phase of life which is of universal interest. London by way of St. Louis. Reviews, poetry, editor of the Egoist, Criterion.
|Firkins dismisses the story as "a tale whose careless brevity belies its weight and saps its power.|
Love Song for J. Alfred Prufrock, Homage to John Dryden, the Waste Land, Ash Wednesday, The Hollowmen, Essay on the Metaphyiscal Poets, Journey of the Magi, Ariel poems, Tradition and the Individual talent.
William Dean Howells, selections from “Novel-Writing and Novel-Reading” () Then shall the novel have no purpose? Shall it not try to do good?