Literary historians working in the period of the late eighteenth century tend to focus either on authors of the Enlightenment or authors who were Romanticists. This collection of essays focuses on sub-genres of the novel form that evolved during the end of the century. These were novelsfrequently written by womenthat reflect the intersections between literature and popular culture. Using a representative reading of these works and current academic thinking on gender and class, the contributors to this volume offer a new perspective with which to view the novels of the 1790s."
Table of Contents
Women and public space in the novel of the 1790s / Catherine H. Decker -- Revolutionary domesticity in Charlotte Smith's Desmond / Katherine Binhammer -- The crowd and the public in Godwin's Caleb Williams / Carl Fisher -- Injustice in the works of Godwin and Wollstonecraft / Glynis Ridley -- Radcliffe, Godwin and self-possession in the 1790s / Barbara M. Benedict -- Lewis's The monk and the matter of reading / Clara D. McLean -- The imprisoned female body in Mary Hays's The victim of prejudice / EleanorTy -- Masculinity and morality in Elizabeth Inchbald's Nature and art / Shawn Lisa Maurer.