The Seduction Narrative in Britain, 1747-1800

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Eighteenth-century literature displays a fascination with the seduction of a virtuous young heroine, most famously illustrated by Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and repeated in 1790s radical women's novels, in the many memoirs by fictional or real penitent prostitutes, and in street print. Across fiction, ballads, essays and miscellanies, stories were told of women's mistaken belief in their lovers' vows. In this 2009 book Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives from the late eighteenth century within the ...

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Eighteenth-century literature displays a fascination with the seduction of a virtuous young heroine, most famously illustrated by Samuel Richardson's Clarissa and repeated in 1790s radical women's novels, in the many memoirs by fictional or real penitent prostitutes, and in street print. Across fiction, ballads, essays and miscellanies, stories were told of women's mistaken belief in their lovers' vows. In this 2009 book Katherine Binhammer surveys seduction narratives from the late eighteenth century within the context of the new ideal of marriage-for-love and shows how these tales tell varying stories of women's emotional and sexual lives. Drawing on new historicism, feminism, and narrative theory, Binhammer argues that the seduction narrative allowed writers to explore different fates for the heroine than the domesticity that became the dominant form in later literature. This study will appeal to scholars of eighteenth-century literature, social and cultural history, and women's and gender studies.

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"Nevertheless, Binhammer's book has implications that reach across the lines of gender and lay the groundwork for future studies, not only of the changing perceptions of women's selfhood in the nineteenth century but also of parallel developments in male selfhood and emergent notions of the modern individual."
-Rachel Carnell,Cleveland State University
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  • ISBN-13: 9780521111348
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Binhammer is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Knowing love: the epistemology of Clarissa; 2. The whore's love or the Magdalen's seduction; 3. After knowledge: married heroines and seduction; 4. Seduction in street literature; 5. Melodramatic seduction: 1790s fiction and the excess of the real; Bibliography.

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