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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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The Changeling’s Debt

The Changeling’s Debt

Maria Edgeworth’s Productive Fictions

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(p.257) The Changeling’s Debt
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Nobody's Story
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Catherine Gallagher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182436.003.0016

This chapter discusses the productive fictions of Maria Edgeworth. These works show Edgeworth's desire to ground them in clear and distinct general principles, which was nurtured by her strange late eighteenth-century blend of patriarchalism and productivism. Her sense of obligation was clearly the productive force in her writing career, but after producing Harrington to get rid of her didacticism and her anxiety about debt, she appears to have written her way out of her desire to write.

Keywords:   productive fictions, Maria Edgeworth, patriarchalism, productivism, obligation, Harrington, didacticism

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