Their Fathers Daughters: Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth, and Patriarchal Complicity

Hardcover | September 1, 1994

byElizabeth Kowaleski-wallace

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Current feminist theory has developed powerful explanations for some women writers' rebellion against patriarchy. But other women writers did not rebel; rather, they supported and celebrated patriarchy. Examining the lives and selected works of two late eighteenth-century writers, Hannah Moreand Maria Edgeworth, this book explores what it means for a woman writer to identify with her father and the patriarchal tradition he represents. Kowaleski-Wallace exposes the psychological, social, and historical factors that motivated such an identification, and reveals the consequences thatresult from being a "daddy's girl."

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What does it mean for a woman writer to identify strongly with her father and with the patriarchal tradition he represents? What factors-psychological, social, historical, or otherwise-motivate such identification? What are the consequences? This engrossing study addresses these questions through a close examination of lives and select...

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Current feminist theory has developed powerful explanations for some women writers' rebellion against patriarchy. But other women writers did not rebel; rather, they supported and celebrated patriarchy. Examining the lives and selected works of two late eighteenth-century writers, Hannah Moreand Maria Edgeworth, this book explores what...

Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace is at Simmons College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.54 × 5.87 × 0.94 inPublished:September 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019506853X

ISBN - 13:9780195068535

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What does it mean for a woman writer to identify strongly with her father and with the patriarchal tradition he represents? What factors-psychological, social, historical, or otherwise-motivate such identification? What are the consequences? This engrossing study addresses these questions through a close examination of lives and selected works of two late eighteenth-century women writers, Hannah More and Maria Edgeworth, both of whom were complicitous with their fathers' politics.

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"Kowaleski-Wallace's analysis of the class bias that informs More's patriarchal complicity is well argued."--South Atlantic Review