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Preface Enlightenment Julie de Lespinasse: A Mirror for the Enlightenment by Dena Goodman Gibbon versus Law: Enlightenment and Pietist Standards for Women by Lance E. Wilcox Two Anomalous Women: Elizabeth Carter and Catherine Talbot by Beth Kowaleski-Wallace A Tax on Old Maids and Bachelors: Frances Brooke's Old Maid by K.J.H. Berland Beaumarchais: A Woman's Place by Jack Undank "For Softness She": Gender Ideology and Aesthetics in Eighteenth-Century England by Ellen Messer-Davidow Emilie or Emile? Madame d'Epinay and the Education of Girls in Eighteenth-Century France by Ruth Plaut Weinreb Mrs. Hannah Cowley, Playwright by Joyce E. East Poetry "My Want of Skill": Apologias of British Women Poets, 1660-1800 by Rebecca Gould Gibson The Poet as Mermaid: Images of Self in Margaret Cavendish and Others by Nadine Ollman Women Poets and the Pastoral Trap: The Case of Mary Whateley by Ann Messenger The Novel Pamela's Identity Sewn in Clothes by Caryn Chaden Graffigny and Riccoboni on the Language of the Women Writer by Alice Charlotte Hogsett Plot, Voice, and Narrative Oubli: Juliette Catesby's Twice-Told Tale by Susan S. Lanser Defining the Educative Process: Maria Edgeworth's Belinda by Twila Yates Papay Music and Painting The Women Musicians of Venice by Jane L. Berdes An English "Feminist" in the Turkish Harem: A Portrait of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu by Joan DelPlato William Hogarth's Moral Message: The Politics of Eighteenth-Century Middle-Class Reality by Diana George The Letter Theme: Fragonard and the Image of Women by Peter H. Pawlowicz Ambition, Politics, and Professionalism: Two Women Painters by Suellen Dianconoff Biography, Criticism, Art History: Angelica Kauffman in Context by Wendy Wassyng Roworth A Woman Artist's Legacy: The Autobiography of Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun by Gita May Educating Women in the Arts: Mme. Campan's School by J. Terrie Quintana Research Statistical Profile of Women Writing in English from 1660 to 1800 by Judith Phillips Stanton Revising the Pedagogy of the Traditional Scholarly Methods Course: The Brandeis Elizabeth Griffith Collective by Susan Staves On Editing Elizabeth Griffith's The Platonic Wife by Gordon Ruesch Ambivalence and Writing: Elizabeth and Richard Griffith's A Series of Genuine Letters between Henry and Frances by Susan David Bernstein "How Nicely Circumspect Must Your Conduct Be": Double Standards in Elizabeth Griffith's The History of Lady Barton by Marla Harris "Intruding Herself into the Chair of Criticism": Elizabeth Griffith and the Morality of Shakespeare's Drama Illustrated by Ellen Argyros Bibliography Index

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FREDERICK M. KEENER is Professor of English at Hofstra University. He is the author of English Dialogues of the Dead, An Essay on Pope, The Chain of Becoming, and articles and chapters in books.SUSAN E. LORSCH is Associate Professor of English at Hofstra University. She is the author of Where Nature Ends and articles in Film Literature Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, and Papers on Language & Literature, among others.

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?This is a collection of papers, 29 in total, selected from the Conference on 18th Century Women and the Arts held at Hofstra University in 1985. The average length of each paper is about ten pages and they are organised in five sections: (1) the enlightenment; (2) poetry; (3) the novel; (4) music and painting; and (5) research. Many of the papers provide biographical material on neglected women writers and artists but there are also presentations on attitudes towards women in the 18th century as expressed in the work of, for example, Fielding, Gibbon. Beaumarchais and Hogarth. Amongst the women subjects are Frances Brooke, Margaret Cavendish, Hannah Cowley, Mary Whateley, Maria Edgeworth. Angelica Kauffman and Vigee Le Brun. There is only one article on music called Women Musicians in Venice', the rest of that section is on painting. The final section on research is based on an extended seminar held at Brandeis University where students worked on editing the work of Elizabeth Griffith as a practical application of the textual problems involved in rescuing the work of lost authors. There is an index, notes on contributors and 15 black and white illustrations.?-Studies On Women
?Until recently relatively few studies narrowed the focus to the contributions and perspectives of eighteenth-century women: scholarly research into the historical and biographical perspectives of the times was required, and few treatises on the subject provided references for research sources. This collection narrows the focus to female contributions in the arts, which encompass not only painting, but the literary arts, as well. The task is no easy one: scholars must literally rescue accounts of women of the times from the archives of obscurity, recreating the facts of their important enterprises and placing them within historical context. 18th Century Women and the Arts succeeds admirably in its research goals. Each contributor undertakes a specific 18th century personality or perspective, placing the woman's achievement within the perspective of the achievements and atmosphere of her times, and identifying societal gender traits and ideas systems which made these contributions unique and extraordinary. Discussions range from an examination of British women poets from 1660-1800 to the literary origins of the female perspective in literary writings. These are not general essays: specific women and their achievements form the foundation for each essay's perspective and examination, and the title includes a broad range of ideas and revelations. A must' for any who would receive a thorough scholarly grounding in women's history.?-The Midwest Book Review
"This is a collection of papers, 29 in total, selected from the Conference on 18th Century Women and the Arts held at Hofstra University in 1985. The average length of each paper is about ten pages and they are organised in five sections: (1) the enlightenment; (2) poetry; (3) the novel; (4) music and painting; and (5) research. Many of the papers provide biographical material on neglected women writers and artists but there are also presentations on attitudes towards women in the 18th century as expressed in the work of, for example, Fielding, Gibbon. Beaumarchais and Hogarth. Amongst the women subjects are Frances Brooke, Margaret Cavendish, Hannah Cowley, Mary Whateley, Maria Edgeworth. Angelica Kauffman and Vigee Le Brun. There is only one article on music called Women Musicians in Venice', the rest of that section is on painting. The final section on research is based on an extended seminar held at Brandeis University where students worked on editing the work of Elizabeth Griffith as a practical application of the textual problems involved in rescuing the work of lost authors. There is an index, notes on contributors and 15 black and white illustrations."-Studies On Women
"Until recently relatively few studies narrowed the focus to the contributions and perspectives of eighteenth-century women: scholarly research into the historical and biographical perspectives of the times was required, and few treatises on the subject provided references for research sources. This collection narrows the focus to female contributions in the arts, which encompass not only painting, but the literary arts, as well. The task is no easy one: scholars must literally rescue accounts of women of the times from the archives of obscurity, recreating the facts of their important enterprises and placing them within historical context. 18th Century Women and the Arts succeeds admirably in its research goals. Each contributor undertakes a specific 18th century personality or perspective, placing the woman's achievement within the perspective of the achievements and atmosphere of her times, and identifying societal gender traits and ideas systems which made these contributions unique and extraordinary. Discussions range from an examination of British women poets from 1660-1800 to the literary origins of the female perspective in literary writings. These are not general essays: specific women and their achievements form the foundation for each essay's perspective and examination, and the title includes a broad range of ideas and revelations. A must' for any who would receive a thorough scholarly grounding in women's history."-The Midwest Book Review

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