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Nobody's Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Marketplace, 1670–1820

Catherine Gallagher

Abstract

This book is an exploration of the careers of five influential women writers of the Restoration and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The ‘nobodies’ of the title are not ignored, silenced, erased, or anonymous women. Instead, they are literal nobodies: the abstractions of authorial personae, printed books, scandalous allegories, intellectual property rights, literary reputation, debts and obligations, and fictional characters. These are the exchangeable tokens of modern authorship that lent new cultural power to the increasing number of women writers during the eighteenth century. The ... More

Keywords: women writers, Restoration, eighteenth century, nobodies, cultural power, female sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198182436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182436.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Gallagher, author
University of California, Berkeley