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McCrea, Brian
Frances Burney and narrative prior to ideology / Brian McCrea
Production, publication, distribution, manufacture, copyright Newark : University of Delaware Press, [2013]
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 4th Floor  PR3316.A4 Z675 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Burney, Fanny, 1752-1840 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
Ideology in literature
Physical Description xiv, 193 pages ; 24 cm
Content Type text
Media Type unmediated
Carrier Type volume
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Dying to be handsome: or why we don't know what Burney's heroines look like -- Frances Burney and professional men: from Dr. Lyster to Mr. Naird, the surgeon -- No Jacobins here: Burney's perplexing (non) politics -- "My chevalier jardinier": courtship and marriage after patriarchy and before domesticity -- Resisting the "fascination of egotism" : Burney and formal realism -- Conclusion
Summary "Frances Burney and Narrative Prior to Ideology works between Burney's Journals and Letters and her fiction more thoroughly than any study of her in the past twenty-five years. By doing so, it offers significant reinterpretations of Burney's four novels: Evelina, Cecilia, Camilla, and The Wanderer. It describes Burney's eluding the major modern-isms through which critics have tried to read her: Feminism (with its "gendering" of beauty and reversal of gender roles); Capitalism and its Marxist critique (here the details of Burney's housekeeping become important); Professionalism (as a response to status inconsistency and class conflict); and Ian Watt's "Formal Realism" (Burney perhaps saved the novel from a sharp decline it suffered in the 1770s, even as she tried to distance herself from the genre)." -- Publisher website
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