The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer: Ideology as Style in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Shelley, and Jane Austen

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A brilliant, original, and powerful book. . . . This is the most skillful integration of feminism and Marxist literary criticism that I know of. So writes critic Stephen Greenblatt about The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer , Mary Poovey's study of the struggle of three prominent writers to accommodate the artist's genius to the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century ideal of the modest, self-effacing proper lady. Interpreting novels, letters, journals, and political tracts in the context of cultural strictures, ...

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