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Seductive Forms: Women's Amatory Fiction from 1684 to 1740

Ros Ballaster


Historicist and feminist accounts of the ‘rise of the novel’ have neglected the phenomenon of the professional woman writer in England prior to the advent of the sentimental novel in the 1740s. This book explores the means by which the three leading Tory women novelists of the late 17th and early 18th centuries challenged and reworked both contemporary gender ideologies and generic convention. The seduction plot provided Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, and Eliza Haywood with a vehicle for dramatizing their own appropriation of the ‘masculine’ power of fiction-making. Seduction is employed in th ... More

Keywords: sentimental novel, Tory women, women novelists, gender ideologies, amatory novel, seduction, Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, fiction-making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184775
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184775.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ros Ballaster, author
Mansfield College, Oxford