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Author Breashears, Caroline.

Title Eighteenth-century women's writing and the 'scandalous memoir' / Caroline Breashears.

Published Cham, Switzerland : Springer Science and Business Media : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.


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Physical description 1 online resource (vii, 121 pages).
Series Palgrave pivot
Palgrave pivot.
Springer English/International eBooks 2016 - Full Set
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-118) and index.
Contents Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing and the 'Scandalous Memoir'; Acknowledgments; Contents; 1 Introduction: Innovations in the "Scandalous Memoir"; Notes; 2 The Business of Pleasure: The Life Writings of Lady Vane and Madame de La Touche; Contexts: A Tale of Two Daughters; Innovations: A Tale of Two Memoirists; Notes; 3 Novel Memoirs: The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle and Memoirs of a Lady of Quality; Scandalous Innovations; Novel Innovations; Notes; 4 The Family, Sex, and Scandal: Catherine Jemmat's Memoirs; "The Protection of My Friends": Women, Family, and Friendship.
"Thus Thrown Upon the Wide World": Jemmat's Memoirs"They All Forsook ME!": Family in Later Memoirs; Notes; 5 "My Country is the World!" Margaret Coghlan's Revolutionary Memoirs; "Written by Herself": Coghlan's Authorship; "Those Horrible Chains": Linking Marriage, Politics, and Genres; The Significance of Coghlan's Memoirs; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Summary 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. 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.
Other author SpringerLink issuing body.
Subject English prose literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
English prose literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
Scandals -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 9783319486550 (electronic bk.)
3319486551 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 10.1007/978-3-319-48655-0