Studies in the Literary Imagination

A semiannual scholarly literary journal, unique in that each issue is edited by one or more guest editors and devoted to a special topic or theme in literature. Covers a wide variety of topics from different ages and genres. Contributors are invited to su

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Fall

Comparative Gender in Maria Edgeworth's Belinda
I have covered my old carpet with a handsome green baize, and every stranger, who comes to see me, I observe, takes it for granted, that I have a rich carpet under it. --Aunt Stanhope to Belinda (Maria Edgeworth, ...
"Deadly Snares": Female Rivalry, Gender Ideology, and Eighteenth-Century Women Writers
Oh the deadly snares That women set for women--without pity Either to soul or honour! Learn by me To know your foes. In this belief 1 die: Like our own sex, we have no enemy, no enemy! --Thomas Middleton, Women Beware Women 5.2.209-13...
"Her Mind Had the Happy Art": Acting Sensibility in Ann Radcliffe's Romance of the Forest
When Macbeth tells Lady Macbeth of the witches' prediction and they begin to discuss their plan to kill Duncan, she tells him, "To beguile the time, / Look like the time" (5.65-66). "To beguile the time," that is, Macbeth needs to make those around him...
Introduction
The last decades of the twentieth century witnessed a revived interest in the writings of eighteenth-century women, beginning with attempts to recover these women and their works from obscurity Dale Spender's Mothers of the Novel and Jane Spencer's The...
"Nothing but Human": Righting the Rightless in Mary Wollstonecraft's Maria
By way of an alliterated subtitle, Mary Wollstonecraft's 1798 Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman immediately raises a seemingly simple question: why the "Wrongs" for the novel, but the "Rights" for the Vindication? If A Vindication of the Rights of Woman...
The Problem with Binaries: Balancing Reason, Emotion, Body, and Mind in A Simple Story
Elizabeth Inchbald expresses a complexity of political sentiment in her works, and she does not divorce political issues from their domestic and social ramifications. Of particular interest to Inchbald in her 1791 novel A Simple Story is the notion of...
The Sign of a Woman: Femininity as Fiction in the History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless
Praised as the "Great Arbitress of Passion," (1) Eliza Haywood garnered fame for her unabashed portrayal of the drama of human sexuality (Sterling 21). One of the most prolific writers of the eighteenth century, she entered the literary scene with wildly...
The White Female as Effigy and the Black Female as Surrogate in Janet Schaw's Journal of a Lady of Quality and Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
During the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, debates over the propriety of the institution of slavery in the British Empire were at the forefront of Great Britain's politics. Numerous cases had been heard in the high courts addressing the...
Violence, Female Friendship, and the Education of the Heroine in Mary Davys's the Reform'd Coquet
INTRODUCTION Mary Davys's 1724 novel, The Reform'd Coquet, depicts fifteen-year-old heroine Amoranda's process of reformation as she learns to amend her promiscuous flirtations. By the novel's conclusion, Amoranda commits to marriage to her stern yet...
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