Adeline Mowbray, or, The mother and daughter

Author: Amelia Alderson Opie

Publisher: Pandora Pr


Category: Fiction

Page: 275

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Personal as well as political, Adeline Mowbray (1804) is loosely based on the relationship between Amelia Opie's friends, Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin. Written in a period of conservative reaction in Britain, the novel recalls the earlier radical era of the 1790s. Encouraged by her mother to pursue an interest in radical social ideas, Adeline Mowbray innocently puts her theories of idealized love into practice. Her attempt to live with the philosopher Frederic Glenmurray outside marriage is condemned by both her mother and society. Adeline and Glenmurray's relationship becomes the focal point for Opie's satire on society's attitudes to education, women, marriage, masculine and feminine codes of honour, filial loyalty and the struggle to justify individual choice. This Oxford World's Classics volume is currently the only critical edition of Adeline Mowbray available.

Adeline Mowbray, or the Mother and Daughter, Vol. 2 of 3

A Tale

Author: Mrs. Opie

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9781330410981

Category: Fiction

Page: 243

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Excerpt from Adeline Mowbray, or the Mother and Daughter, Vol. 2 of 3: A Tale As soon as Adeline beheld Glenmurray, "See!" she exclaimed in a hoarse and agitated tone, "there is my letter to my mother, returned unopened, and here is a letter from Dr. Norberry which has broken my heart: - however, we must go to England directly." The letter was as follows: "You have made a pretty fool of me, deluded but still dear girl! for you have made me believe in forebodings, and be hanged to you. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

Empowering the Feminine

The Narratives of Mary Robinson, Jane West, and Amelia Opie, 1796-1812

Author: Eleanor Rose Ty

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802043627

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Ty examines three late 18th century female authors coming from different social backgrounds but all grappling with a desire for female empowerment to show how supposed female weaknesses were portrayed as potentially active forces for social change.

Mothering Daughters

Novels and the Politics of Family Romance, Frances Burney to Jane Austen

Author: Susan C. Greenfield

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814332016

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 227

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The rise of the novel and of the ideal nuclear family was no mere coincidence, argues Susan C. Greenfield in this fascinating look at the construction of modern maternity. Many historians maintain that the eighteenth century witnessed the idealization of the caring, loving mother. Here Greenfield charts how the newly emerging novels of the period, in their increasing feminization, responded to and helped shape that image, often infusing it with more nuance and flexibility. By the end of the eighteenth century, she notes, novels by women about missing mothers and their suffering daughters abounded. Even as the political implications of the novels vary, the books uniformly insist on the tenacity of the mother-daughter bond despite the mother's absence. Exploring the historically contingent assumptions about maternal care that informed writers during this period, Greenfield argues that women's novels helped construct the story of mother love and loss that psychoanalysis would soon inherit.

Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel, 1790-1805

Author: Miriam L. Wallace

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838757057

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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Revolutionary Subjects in the English "Jacobin" Novel engages ongoing debates on subject-formation and rights discourse through the so-called "English Jacobin" novels. Ostensibly celebrating the universal rights-bearing subject, these political novels inadvertently also questioned the limitations of such universalist conceptions. Including works by both men and women, and those normatively identified as radical alongside others considered more conservative or even "anti-Jacobin," this work examines the shared efforts to represent developing political consciousness and to inculcate such consciousness in readers across a reformist continuum. These novels' efforts to expand the citizen-subject threatened to reveal the cost implicit in accessing subjectivity on universal terms. The sovereign subject modeled as the ideal republican radical subject is undercut, even revealed as inadequate or impossible, in subversive narrative moments in these fictions--not always in line with the work's overt "moral." If the concept of human rights appears both necessary and inadequate in 2009, it was likewise problematic at the moment of its greatest appeal in the revolutionary 1790s. Miriam L. Wallace is Associate Professor of British and American literature at New College of Florida.

Into the Mouths of Babes

An Anthology of Children's Abolitionist Literature

Author: Deborah C. De Rosa

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275979515

Category: Education

Page: 390

View: 7327

Provides a collection of stories, hymns, poetry, and longer pieces of fiction by women abolitionists.