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Nobody's StoryThe Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820$
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Catherine Gallagher

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182436.001.0001

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Nobody’s Credit

Nobody’s Credit

Fiction, Gender, and Authorial Property in the Career of Charlotte Lennox

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Nobody's Story

Catherine Gallagher

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the political and economic transformation of Charlotte Lennox in the mid-eighteenth century. It examines her reformation at the discursive intersection of several key terms that were being revised at the same time, such as ‘woman’, ‘fiction’, and ‘sympathy’. The chapter focuses on a set of connections between property and propriety, which in turn explains why female authorship and fiction writing gained cultural prestige during this period.

Keywords:   transformation, Charlotte Lennox, key terms, connections, property, propriety, female authorship, cultural prestige, fiction writing

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