Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726

Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726

by J. Donovan


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Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726 is the first theoretical study of early modern women's contribution to the rise of the novel. Named in its first edition an 'Outstanding Academic Book of the Year,' by Choice, this second, expanded edition includes two new chapters that extend its scope to include philosophical writings and memoirs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137354082
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/24/2013
Edition description: 2013
Pages: 217
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Josephine Donovan is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Maine, USA. She is the author or editor of thirteen books, including Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions, 4th edition (2012), named an 'Outstanding Academic Book' by Choice; European Local-Color Literature (2010); The Feminist Care Tradition in Animal Ethics (co-edited) (2007), as well as numerous articles and essays.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Case of the Novel 2. Critical Irony, Standpoint Theory, and the Novel 3. The Women's Framed-Novelle: The French Tradition 4. The Women's Framed-Novelle: The Spanish and English Traditions 5. Circumstances Alter Cases: Women, Casuistry, and the Novel 6. The Nineties Generation: A Feminist Prosaics 7. The Case of Violenta 8. Women Against Romance 9. Women and the Latin Rhetorical Tradition 10. Women's Defense-Narratives and the Novel 11. Women and the Epistemology of the Novel Conclusion

What People are Saying About This

Germaine Greer

Josephine Donovan's Women and the Rise of the Novel, 1405-1726 is full of unexpected insights that are no sooner stated than they appear incontrovertible. Her work has advanced our understanding of women's literary activity in the best way, showing us new roads of inquiry and suggesting a methodology for exploring them.

Lillian S. Robinson

In articulating what she calls a 'prosaics' of women's fiction, Josephine Donovan is far from prosaic in the usual sense of the word! Donovan knows more about women's history and feminist theory than any other commentator on early modern female authorship and more about literature than any other student of history. By bringing the two together, Women and the Rise of the Novel becomes a new monument in the field. -- (Lillian S. Robinson, author of Sex, Class and Culture and In the Canon's Mouth: Dispatches from the Culture Wars)

Sandra M. Gilbert

Josephine Donovan's absorbing, learned and lucidly argued account of the relationship between women and the rise of the novel constitutes a sophisticated contribution to genre theory, to women's studies, and more generally to our understanding of the literary history of early modern Europe.

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