Memoirs of Emma Courtney

Paperback | June 28, 2009

byMary HaysEditorEleanor Ty

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First published in the turbulent decade following the French Revolution, Memoirs of Emma Courtney is based on Mary Hays' own passionate struggle with romance and Enlightenment philosophy. A feminist and ardent disciple of Mary Wollstonecraft, Hays reveals the lamentable gap between `what womenare' and `what woment ought to be'. The novel is one of the most articulate and detailed expressions of the yearnings and frustrations of a woman living in late eighteenth-century English society. It questions marital arrangements and courtship rituals by depicting a woman who actively pursues the man she loves. The novel explores thelinks between sexuality, desire, and economic and social freedom, suggesting the need for improvement in the laws of society which `have enslaved, enervated, and degraded woman'.

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First published in the turbulent decade following the French Revolution, Memoirs of Emma Courtney is based on Mary Hays' own passionate struggle with romance and Enlightenment philosophy. A feminist and ardent disciple of Mary Wollstonecraft, Hays reveals the lamentable gap between `what womenare' and `what woment ought to be'. The ...

Eleanor Ty is Assistant Professor of English at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.51 inPublished:June 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199555400

ISBN - 13:9780199555406

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AcknowledgementsIntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of Mary HaysMemoirs of Emma CourtneyExplanatory Notes

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"the editions deserve great credit for the enthusiasm of their approach ... The introductions by eminent scholars put the thoughts of the author and the history of the time into clear perspective. Oxford should be given credit for making the classics accessible for all rather than just cribnotes for students." --Jonathan Copeland, Lincolnshire Echo 03/09/1996