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Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825Intercepted Letters, Interrupted Seductions$
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Nicola J. Watson

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198112976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.001.0001

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Julie among the Jacobins: Radicalism and the Sentimental Novel, 1790–1800

Julie among the Jacobins: Radicalism and the Sentimental Novel, 1790–1800

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(p.23) I Julie among the Jacobins: Radicalism and the Sentimental Novel, 1790–1800
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Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825
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Nicola J. Watson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.003.0002

This chapter begins with a survey of the interwoven fates of the letter and the sexually transgressive heroine in radical polemic and fiction from 1790 to 1800, examining the strategies by which radical novelists, including Helen Maria Williams, Eliza Fenwick, Mary Hays, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Charlotte Smith, attempted to appropriate and modify the plot of sensibility provided by La Nouvelle Héloïse to ratify the heroine's self-legitimating revolutionary desire as expressed in letters.

Keywords:   letters, sexually transgressive heroine, radical fiction, radical novelists, Helen Maria Williams, Eliza Fenwick, Mary Hays, Charlotte Smith, Mary Wollstonecraft

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