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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 Debt

Nobody’s Debt

Frances Burney’s Universal Obligation

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Nobody's Story

Catherine Gallagher

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses Nobody's social and economic conditions more fully in an attempt to understand how she became so helpful. It outlines Nobody's history, and identifies the gender, class, and literary characteristics that make the fictional Evelina, her author, and her intended readers all into Nobodies. The chapter discusses the Burney family's lack of independent social and economic substance. Finally, it explores the sense of placelessness and universal obligation that attended these circumstances.

Keywords:   conditions, Nobody, placelessness, universal obligation

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