Emmeline

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Broadview Press, Aug 12, 2003 - Fiction - 520 pages
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The plot of Charlotte Smith’s autobiographical first novel Emmeline (1788) includes the usual thrills of the eighteenth-century courtship novel: abduction, duels, and a “fairy tale princess.” At the same time, the novel satirically reworks such literary conventions by focusing on the dangers of early engagement and marriage, and challenges a social and legal system in which woment are inherently illegitimate subjects.

The Broadview edition includes primary source material relating to the novel’s reception; women, marriage and work; and landscape in eighteenth-century fiction. Mary Hays’s biographical writing on Smith is also included, as is selected correspondence.

 

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User Review  - Shannon Stults - Goodreads

Really liked this one, though it is very different from the Austen novels I'm used to. The was a century earlier that Jane Austen's popular novels, but this style of romance apparently had a lot of ... Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
37
A Note on the Text
41
the Orphan of the Castle
43
The Reception of Emmeline
477
2 Mary Wollstonecraft The Analytical Review July 1788
478
3 Anonymous The Monthly Review September 1788
480
Women Marriage Work
487
2 Edmund Burke On Delicacy 1757
488
3 Hester Chapone On Politeness and Accomplishments 1773
489
4 John Gregory Marriage 1774
491
5 From Mary Wollstonecrafts Matrimony 1787
496
Landscapes
499
Life
503
2 Letter from Charlotte Smith to William Hayley 178889
504

4 Anonymous The European Magazine November 1788
481
5 Jane Austen The History of England 1791
482
6 Walter Scott The Lives of the Novelists 1821
483
7 Egerton Brydges Memoirs of Mrs Charlotte Smith January 1807
486
3 Mary Hays Mrs Charlotte Smith British Public Characters 18001801
507
Select Bibliography
519
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About the author (2003)

Loraine Fletcher is a Lecturer at Reading University, UK. She is the author of Charlotte Smith: A Critical Biography (Macmillan Academic Press, 1998).

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