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Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing and the 'Scandalous Memoir'

Authors: Breashears, Caroline

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  • Examines previously under-examined texts
  • Refines our history of this subgenre’s evolution 
  • Identifies generic innovations that simultaneously reflect women’s connections and respond to the shifting social topography of the eighteenth century 
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About this book

This book contributes to the literary history of eighteenth-century women’s life writings, particularly those labeled “scandalous memoirs.” It examines how the evolution of this subgenre was shaped partially by several innovative memoirs that have received only modest critical attention. Breashears argues that Madame de La Touche’s Apologie and her friend Lady Vane’s Memoirs contributed to the crystallization of this sub-genre at mid-century, and that Lady Vane’s collaboration with Tobias Smollett in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle resulted in a brilliant experiment in the relationship between gender and genre. It demonstrates that the Memoirs of Catherine Jemmat incorporated influential new strategies for self-justification in response to changing kinship priorities, and that Margaret Coghlan’s Memoirs introduced revolutionary themes that created a hybrid: the political scandalous memoir. This book will therefore appeal to scholars interested in life writing, women’s history, genre theory, and eighteenth-century British literature.

About the authors

Caroline Breashears is Associate Professor of English at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, USA. Her publications include essays about novels and eighteenth-century women’s memoirs.

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“This literary history of "scandalous" memoirs will make a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of generic innovations in women's memoirs and the interactions between life writing and fiction in the eighteenth century. It will be valuable reading for scholars of gender and genre and students working on women's writing, life writing, and the novel.” (Dr Amy Culley, University of Lincoln, UK)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Innovations in the “Scandalous Memoir”

    Pages 1-14

    Breashears, Caroline

  • The Business of Pleasure: The Life Writings of Lady Vane and Madame de La Touche

    Pages 15-43

    Breashears, Caroline

  • Novel Memoirs: The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle and Memoirs of a Lady of Quality

    Pages 45-63

    Breashears, Caroline

  • The Family, Sex, and Scandal: Catherine Jemmat’s Memoirs

    Pages 65-84

    Breashears, Caroline

  • “My Country is the World!” Margaret Coghlan’s Revolutionary Memoirs

    Pages 85-107

    Breashears, Caroline

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eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48655-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-48654-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-83987-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing and the 'Scandalous Memoir'
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48655-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48655-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48654-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83987-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 121
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