Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Romance Writings by Mary Wortley Montagu

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Romance Writings

byMary Wortley MontaguEditorIsobel Grundy

Hardcover | July 1, 1995

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) is one of the most important women writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen, and one of her period's most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex. The narratives in this volume, with the exception of one juvenile piece, have never been printedbefore. They show the author experimenting with the genres of fiction and autobiography, more influenced by French models than by English, but always working experimentally against the grain of her various traditions. Besides page-turning narrative, these works offer the rare opportunity of acompletely fresh take on literary movements, cross-cultural relations, gender ideologies, and other literary debates of the early eighteenth century. Our existing picture of what was once possible in literature and what was possible for women at this time cannot remain unchanged once these writingsappear.

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Title:Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Romance WritingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.46 × 5.31 × 0.87 inPublished:July 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) is one of the most important women writers between Aphra Behn and Jane Austen, and one of her period's most provocative and entertaining writers of either sex. The narratives in this volume, with the exception of one juvenile piece, have never been printed before. They show the author experimenting in the genres of fiction and autobiography, more influenced by French models than by English, but always working experimentally against the grain of her various traditions. Besides page-turning narrative, these works offer the rare opportunity of a completely fresh taken on literary movements, cross-cultural relations, gender ideologies, and other literary debates of the early eighteenth century. Our existing picture of what was once possible in literature and what was possible for women at this time cannot remain unchanged once these writings appear.

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`this collection makes fascinating reading for the various and complex dialogues it establishes with Lady Mary's other writings, with those of her English contemporaries, and with a broader European literary tradition. Grundy's annotations are judiciously adapted to the differing positions ofthe texts ... This volume is certain to be of value to scholars of Lady Mary, of eighteenth-century women writers, and of English and French literature. Many undergraduate students are fascinated by Lady Mary; these narratives could only enhance and justify that fascination.'Betty Schellenberg, Simon Fraser University, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 9:3