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Bowers, Toni
Force or fraud : British seduction stories and the problem of resistance, 1660-1760 / Toni Bowers
Alternate Title British seduction stories and the problem of resistance, 1660-1760
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2011
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 4th Floor  PR844.S425 B69 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) English fiction -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism
Seduction in literature
Women in literature
Authority in literature
Rape in literature
Literature and morals -- History -- 17th century
Literature and morals -- History -- 18th century
Physical Description xvi, 365 p. ; 24 cm
Note This text tells the story of how rape and seduction came to be distinguished according to measures of women's resistance and consent in low-brow 'amatory' writing, by writers such as Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Samuel Richardson
Includes bibliographical references (p. [310]-346) and index
Contents Passive obedience : seduction paradigms and old-Tory mythmaking. Seduction stories in seventeenth-century literary history ; The problem of resistance in old-Tory ideology : passive obedience, seduction plots, and Five love-letters ; Seduction and sedition : James, Duke of Monmouth and seduction-story paradigms ; Seduction and resistance : Behn's Love-letters between a nobleman and his sister -- Bridge : modulating Tory sensibility. Tory sensibilities old and new : The perils of false brethren and passive obedience -- Collusive resistance : seduction stories and new-Tory virtue. The problem of collusion : Manley's The new Atalantis ; Constructing scandalous virtue : The adventures of Rivella and two Perjur'd beauties ; Making a virtue of complicity : Haywood's scandal fiction ; Collusive resistance and complicit virtue : Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa -- Coda : after the Jacobites. Sir Charles Grandison and late eighteenth-century seduction fiction

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