Roxana: or, The Fortunate Mistress (Google eBook)

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Broadview Press, Apr 14, 2009 - Fiction - 420 pages
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Almost three hundred years after its first publication, Roxana continues to challenge readers, who, though compelled by Roxana's story, are often baffled by her complex relationships to her children, her fortune, and her vices. As one of Daniel Defoe's four major fictions, Roxana has long been understood as central to the history of the novel, and provides readers with Defoe's sharpest and most specific commentary on the complexities of life in seventeenth-century London. This edition offers a range of contemporary documents that will help readers understand the struggles of Roxana's life as series of metaphoric engagements with pressing issues of her time.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
29
A Brief Chronology
33
A Note on the Text
37
Roxana
41
Roxanas Shifting Identity and the Tradition of Whore Biography
327
Womens Work
341
Court Culture
355
City Culture
369
The Great Debate on the Poor
377
Women and Marriage
395
Alternate Endings of Roxana
399
Defoe Roxana and Posterity
405
Select Bibliography
413
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About the author (2009)

Melissa Mowry is Associate Professor of English at St. John's University, New York.

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