Women, Accounting and Narrative: Keeping Books in Eighteenth-Century England

Women, Accounting and Narrative: Keeping Books in Eighteenth-Century England

by Rebecca E. Connor


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Women, Accounting and Narrative: Keeping Books in Eighteenth-Century England by Rebecca E. Connor

In the early eighteenth century, the household accountant was traditionally female. However, just as women were seen as financial accountants, they were also deeply associated with the literary and narrative accounting inherent in letters and diaries. These are examined alongside property, originality and the development of the early novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415170468
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and History Series , #6
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsvii
1Diary of a not-so-mad housewife5
The consumer ethic--or ethical consumption17
Accounting for women19
Money as metaphor--and mind your own business24
The power of portability28
Accounting for accounting29
Accounting for texts33
From fiction to finance to faction34
The me generation: memorandum, memory, memoir40
Just what the doctor ordered43
A no-good account45
Accounts personified46
Ladies do the math51
Accentuate the masculine/eliminate the feminine59
The mathematics of morality63
Woman as micromanager64
The perils of lady in the dark65
2Jack and The Fair Jilt: the value of Aphra Behn67
Demise of a specie67
The bent of Behn68
In for a pistole, in for a pound75
All's fair/fair is all76
A fair exchange78
Coin of the realms84
Giving The Fair Jilt a fair shake89
3Birds of a different feather: going toe-to-toe with Defoe91
Jailbirds, but not together92
The root of the root of all evil93
The flip side of clipping99
Social accounting: reading and writing arithmetick101
You're nobody till somebody owes you106
Now you see it/now you don't107
You are what you count108
Of haggling and the body prix fixe111
Delivery a la carte112
Moll of America116
Friends of Flanders116
The calico caper119
Going broke and breaking back120
Deconstructing Defoe124
4He said/she said: from the picaresque to the pointedly personal127
Pick a peck of picaresques128
Land of the free(holders)130
She's got personality132
And she's got funds134
She's got good and plenty136
And she's got it all137
The I of the narrator/the He of the well-born hunk142
On an ego trip with the girls145
Property rights and wrongs149
The movers and the shirkers150
Coming full-circle to the ladies who count151

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