Feminization of Fame 1750-1830

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The Feminization of Fame 1750-1830 addresses the literary, cultural and historical questions surrounding the reconceptualization of fame between 1750-1830. As the first sustained scholarly analysis of fame in this period, this interdisciplinary book examines genres from history writing to literature, public and private memoirs to political treatises in English and in French in order to explore 'The age of personality's' obsession with instantaneous publicity. In an age of expanding print culture, the classical ...

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Overview

The Feminization of Fame 1750-1830 addresses the literary, cultural and historical questions surrounding the reconceptualization of fame between 1750-1830. As the first sustained scholarly analysis of fame in this period, this interdisciplinary book examines genres from history writing to literature, public and private memoirs to political treatises in English and in French in order to explore 'The age of personality's' obsession with instantaneous publicity. In an age of expanding print culture, the classical notion of posthumous reward was becoming increasingly open to question, as the need 'to be brilliant', as Hazlitt put it, in the contemporary moment became all.

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CLAIRE BROCK is a Lecturer in the English Department at the University of Leicester.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Feminizing Fame
• 'A New Sort of Glory': Jean-Jacques Rousseau's 'Little Philosophical Chemistry' and the Reach of Rousseauvian Fame in Eighteenth-Century Britain
• Catharine Macaulay: 'Triumphant When Alive, O'er Future Fate'
• Mary Robinson and the 'Splendour of a Name'
• Inflating Frances Burbaney
• Germaine de Staël: 'When One Can No Longer Find Peace of Mind in Obscurity, it is Necessary to Look For Strength in Celebrity'
• William Hazlitt, On Being Brilliant: The Spirit of the Age
• Afterword
• Index

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