Gender and Space in British Literature, 1660-1820 by Mona Narain, Karen Gevirtz PDF

By Mona Narain, Karen Gevirtz

ISBN-10: 1472415086

ISBN-13: 9781472415080

Among 1660 and 1820, nice Britain skilled major structural modifications at school, politics, financial system, print, and writing that produced new and sundry areas and with them, new and reconfigured ideas of gender. In mapping the connection among gender and area in British literature of the interval, this assortment defines, charts, and explores new cartographies, either geographic and figurative. The participants absorb numerous genres and discursive frameworks from this era, together with poetry, the early novel, letters, and laboratory notebooks written through authors starting from Aphra Behn, Hortense Mancini, and Isaac Newton to Frances Burney and Germaine de Stael. prepared in 3 teams, within, open air, and Borderlands, the essays behavior unique literary research and discover the altering dating among gender and other kinds of areas within the lengthy eighteenth century. furthermore, a collection of essays on Charlotte Smith's novels and a suite of essays on traditional philosophy supply case stories for exploring problems with gender and area inside of higher fields, corresponding to an author's oeuvre or a selected discourse. Taken jointly, the essays show space's employer as a supplement to historic switch as they discover how literature delineates the gendered redefinition, career, negotiation, inscription, and construction of recent areas, crucially contributing to the development of latest cartographies in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England.

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In Subjects and Citizens: Nation, Race and Gender from Oroonoko to Anita Hill, ed. Michael Moon and cathy n. davidson (durham: duke university press, 1995), 27–55; Margaret Ferguson, “Juggling the categories of race, class and Gender: aphra Behn’s Oroonoko,” Women’s Studies 19 (1991): 159–81; Laura Brown, Ends of Empire: Women and Ideology in Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature (ithaca: cornell university press, 1993); Srinivas aravamudan, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688–1804 (durham: duke university press, 1999).

Edu/stable/3817945. 23 Chedgzoy, Women’s Writing, 172. 24 David Harvey, Justice, Nature and the Geography of Difference (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1996), 309, quoted in Cresswell, Place, 62. 25 The passage represents a series of contestations over the meaning of place, between African and European, male and female, and English and Dutch. The “obscure World,” Surinam, is not a place “replenish’d with People and Historians,” a categorical doubling that speaks to the text’s site as a contested place; some “people” simply inhabit space, while others concern themselves with historicizing and hence preserving meaning in place.

Behn’s textual construction of Surinam contests the Dutch-imposed silence on the figure of Oroonoko and claims his story as part of British heritage. Behn often represents England’s loss of Surinam as a loss to Surinam, an assumption consistent with emerging ideas of British nationalism. Importantly, in Oroonoko, England competes with Holland rather than the native people of Surinam for national supremacy. Instead, Behn positions the native people as more or less in collusion with the British, with one notable exception: “About Behn, Oroonoko, 36.

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