Witlings and The Woman-Hater / Edition 1

Witlings and The Woman-Hater / Edition 1

by Frances Burney
     
 

ISBN-10: 1551113783

ISBN-13: 2901551113783

Pub. Date: 09/19/2002

Publisher: Broadview Press

This Broadview edition pairs two of Frances Burney’s linked comedies. They both present the character of Lady Smatter, a “femme savante” whose lineage may be traced back to Molière; they both centre on the misfortunes of the “elle” figure, the dispossessed heiress and wife who appears frequently in Burney’s fiction; and

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This Broadview edition pairs two of Frances Burney’s linked comedies. They both present the character of Lady Smatter, a “femme savante” whose lineage may be traced back to Molière; they both centre on the misfortunes of the “elle” figure, the dispossessed heiress and wife who appears frequently in Burney’s fiction; and they both criticize a culture of misogyny that breeds suspicion and resentment. The Witlings, lighter and more comic, derives from late seventeenth-century conventions; The Woman-Hater, more melodramatic, both expresses and warns against the excessive sensibility of romanticism. Together, these two plays constitute a miniature history of English drama from the Restoration to the French Revolution and beyond.

This edition contains a valuable selection of appendices, including: Burney’s “Epilogue to Gerilda”; letters and diary entries; contemporary writings on comedy; and Burney’s cast-list for The Woman-Hater.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901551113783
Publisher:
Broadview Press
Publication date:
09/19/2002
Series:
Broadview Literary Texts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
329

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Short Titles
Introduction
Frances Burney: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Witlings (1778-80)
The Woman-Hater (1800-02)

Appendix A: Burney’s Earliest Theatrical Writing: Epilogue to Gerilda
Appendix B: Contemporary Letters and Diary Entries on The Witlings
Appendix C: Burney and Molière
Appendix D: Contemporary Critical Essays on “Laughing” and Sentimental Comedy
Appendix E: Literary Allusions in The Witlings and The Woman-Hater
Appendix F: Burney’s Cast-List for The Woman-Hater
Appendix G: Similarities between The Witlings, The Woman-Hater, and Burney’s Novels

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