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Early Women Writers SS 2010 Reading List Aphra Behn: The Rover Aphra Behn: Oroonoko Susanna Centlivre: The Busybody Jane Austen: Emma Reader: containing.

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1 Early Women Writers SS 2010 Reading List Aphra Behn: The Rover Aphra Behn: Oroonoko Susanna Centlivre: The Busybody Jane Austen: Emma Reader: containing passages from: Delarivier Manley: The Royal Mischief Delarivier Manley: The New Atlantis Fanny Burney: Evelina Ann Radclyffe: Mysteries of Udolpho

2 Early Women Writers: Selected Bibliography Anderson, M. Female playwrights and eighteenth-century comedy Brown, Laura. English Dramatic Form Finsburg, Melinda. Eighteenth-Century Women Dramatists Keane, Angela. Women Writing and the English Nation in the 1790s Kraft, Elizabeth. English Novelists and the Ethics of Desire – Moglen, Helene. The Trauma of Gender Payne, Linda. Genre and gender : women as writers of prose fiction and drama in Restoration and early eighteenth century England Pearson, J. The Prostituted Muse. Images of Women & Women Dramatists Picard, Liza. Restoration London Rubik, Margarete. Early Women Dramatists Schofield, M.A. and C. Machelski, eds. Curtain Calls. British and American Women and the Theatre Todd, Janet. The Sign of Angellica. Women, Writing, and Fiction

3 Sarah Fyge ( ) “The Emulation” Say, Tyrant Custom, why must we obey The impositions of thy haughty Sway; From the first dawn of Life, unto the Grave, Poor Womankind's in every State, a Slave. The Nurse, the Mistress, Parent and the Swain, For Love she must, there's none escape that Pain; Then comes the last, the fatal Slavery, The Husband with insulting Tyranny Can have ill Manners justify'd by Law; For Men all join to keep the Wife in awe. Moses who first our Freedom did rebuke, Was Marry'd when he writ the Pentateuch; ( 1 st books of OT )

4 They're Wise to keep us Slaves, for well they know, If we were loose, we soon should make them so. We yield like vanquish'd Kings whom Fetters bind, When chance of War is to Usurpers kind; Submit in Form; but they'd our Thoughts control, And lay restraints on the impassive Soul: They fear we should excel their sluggish parts, Should we attempt the Sciences and Arts; Pretend they were design'd for them alone, So keep us Fools to raise their own Renown; Thus Priests of old their Grandeur to maintain, Cry'd vulgar Eyes would sacred Laws Profane. So kept the Mysteries behind a Screen, There Homage and the Name were lost had they been seen:

5 But in this blessed Age, such Freedom's given, That every Man explains the Will of Heaven; And shall we Women now sit tamely by, Make no excursions in Philosophy, Or grace our Thoughts in tuneful Poetry? We will our Rights in Learning's World maintain, Wit's Empire, now, shall know a Female Reign, Come all ye Fair, the great Attempt improve, Divinely imitate the Realms above: There's ten celestial Females govern Wit,( 10 Muses ) And but two Gods that dare pretend to it; ( Phoebus +Apollo ) And shall these finite Males reverse their Rules, No, we'll be Wits, and then Men must be Fools.

6 Political background Restoration period 1660: Charles II (Stuart) returns from France tries to establish absolutist monarchy > growing conflict with Parliament (granted little money) strain on finances: wars with Dutch, great plague (1665), London fire (1666 – London rebuilt, cf. Christopher Wren: St Paul's) Anglican Church restored Act of Uniformity, eviction of Dissenters from livings Violent anti-Puritanism of Court Anti-Catholicism of large part of population: Rumours of "Popish plot" to murder Charles II

7 Political background Restoration period Charles’ brother James II was Catholic, ascended throne 1685, but united Whig and Tory front against Catholic king Court remained committed to (unpopular) French alliance his daughter Mary had married Potestant William of Orange 1688: Glorious Revolution: William III of Orange called in, James flees to France 1689.: declaration of Rights: England = constitutional monarchy

8 Political background Restoration period Catholic rising against William in Ireland; 1690: Battle of the Boyne > Irish Catholics driven from estates, Ireland ruled by Anglo-Irish landed class, Ireland ruled as a colony Anglican Church established as state Church to which few Irishmen belonged England involved in War of Spanish Succession (fear of united France+Spain!); England=ally of Austria! Finally: Peace of Utrecht 1714 To finance war Bank of England was established, King's debt becomes national debt 1707 Union with Scotland

9 Political background Restoration period deep party rivalries: Whigs : committed to Protestant succession, toleration for Dissenters, pro war with France, "money interest" (City businessmen and merchants) Tories: more Jacobite, High Church Anglicans, supported by "landed interest" (countryside) William and Mary died without children > Queen Anne, another daughter of James II, also died childless 1714: George I of Hanover (new Protestant dynasty); Jacobite rebellion fails 1715

10 Restoration period: religion Anglicans: High Church, Low Church, Broad Church (Latudinareans): all positions in Church, schools, universities, Parliament open only to Church of E. Dissenters (Quakers, Baptists, Presbyterians……) Roman Catholics Deists

11 Restoration period: economy Improvements in agriculture, mining, 'commercial revolution': overseas trade and colonisation By 1714 slave trade >major axis of England's new overseas trading pattern London was becoming commercial centre of world 18 th century > capitalist system


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