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Unarticulable Afterlife of the Fallen Woman

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Title: Unarticulable Afterlife of the Fallen Woman Economics, Labor, and the Limits of the Seduction Plot, 1789-1818
Physical Description: 1 online resource (207 p.)
Language: english
Creator: Mellon, Melissa Lyn
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2013

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Subjects / Keywords: american -- british -- century -- companionate -- economics -- eighteenth -- labor -- literature -- love -- nineteenth -- novel -- seduction -- sentimental -- sympathy -- women -- work
English -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: English thesis, Ph.D.
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Abstract: This writing examines the work of seduction plots in novels of the early republic. I note that seduction follows an arc from its sentimental origins in mid eighteenth century English literature to American authors’ abandonment of it in the nineteenth century (American) sentimental novel. I argue that, as people faced changes to familiar work and exchange patterns brought by the shift to market production and capital investment, they struggled with what these changes might mean for women’s labor and marriages.These anxieties fused in fictional portrayals of women’s seduction and in lessons seduction plots offered about women’s possible management of economics and labor in affective relationships. I start by examining the economic aspects of rape and prostitution in The Power of Sympathy (1789) and Charlotte Temple(1794). I note that falling protagonists act as sites of unresolved competing moral and economic meanings, and I argue that the bodies of fallen upper- or middling-class women are mourned while the lives of working women, prostitutes included, goes unexamined. Then, I examine how The Coquette (1797) and Female Quixotism (1801) center on a courtship conundrum of middling- and upper-class unsettled women about the need to reconcile the limited supply of available mates with the onus for women to love the most appropriate suitor. I maintain that these novels articulated companionate love as a means to balance rational and affective evaluations. Next, I discuss the ways in which Ormond, or the Secret Witness (1799) and Kelroy (1812) challenge the expectations of the seduction plot. I argue that these novels show competition undergirding the marriage contract and articulate supportive labor and an understanding of economics as qualities that make young women worthy mates. Finally, I explore how The Factory Girl (1814) and The Female Marine (1815-1818) offer new ways to value women’s labor and lives after seduction. I argue that their authors emphasized women’s agency in adapting their labor to exigent circumstances and portrayed flexible expectations for middle-class decorum. Ultimately, I argue that the seduction plot helped women consider the necessary balance between virtue and economizing labor when middling class status was at risk.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by Melissa Lyn Mellon.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local: Adviser: Smith, Stephanie Ann.
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UFE0045360/00001

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Title: Unarticulable Afterlife of the Fallen Woman Economics, Labor, and the Limits of the Seduction Plot, 1789-1818
Physical Description: 1 online resource (207 p.)
Language: english
Creator: Mellon, Melissa Lyn
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2013

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: american -- british -- century -- companionate -- economics -- eighteenth -- labor -- literature -- love -- nineteenth -- novel -- seduction -- sentimental -- sympathy -- women -- work
English -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre: English thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: This writing examines the work of seduction plots in novels of the early republic. I note that seduction follows an arc from its sentimental origins in mid eighteenth century English literature to American authors’ abandonment of it in the nineteenth century (American) sentimental novel. I argue that, as people faced changes to familiar work and exchange patterns brought by the shift to market production and capital investment, they struggled with what these changes might mean for women’s labor and marriages.These anxieties fused in fictional portrayals of women’s seduction and in lessons seduction plots offered about women’s possible management of economics and labor in affective relationships. I start by examining the economic aspects of rape and prostitution in The Power of Sympathy (1789) and Charlotte Temple(1794). I note that falling protagonists act as sites of unresolved competing moral and economic meanings, and I argue that the bodies of fallen upper- or middling-class women are mourned while the lives of working women, prostitutes included, goes unexamined. Then, I examine how The Coquette (1797) and Female Quixotism (1801) center on a courtship conundrum of middling- and upper-class unsettled women about the need to reconcile the limited supply of available mates with the onus for women to love the most appropriate suitor. I maintain that these novels articulated companionate love as a means to balance rational and affective evaluations. Next, I discuss the ways in which Ormond, or the Secret Witness (1799) and Kelroy (1812) challenge the expectations of the seduction plot. I argue that these novels show competition undergirding the marriage contract and articulate supportive labor and an understanding of economics as qualities that make young women worthy mates. Finally, I explore how The Factory Girl (1814) and The Female Marine (1815-1818) offer new ways to value women’s labor and lives after seduction. I argue that their authors emphasized women’s agency in adapting their labor to exigent circumstances and portrayed flexible expectations for middle-class decorum. Ultimately, I argue that the seduction plot helped women consider the necessary balance between virtue and economizing labor when middling class status was at risk.
General Note: In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note: Includes vita.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The University of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Statement of Responsibility: by Melissa Lyn Mellon.
Thesis: Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2013.
Local: Adviser: Smith, Stephanie Ann.
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2015-05-31

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Source Institution: UFRGP
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: lcc - LD1780 2013
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THE POWER OF SYMPATHY CHARLOTTE TEMPLE THE COQUETTE FEMALE QUIXOTISM The Coquette Female Quixotism ORMOND KELROY

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THE FACTORY GIRL THE FEMALE MARINE

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Pamela Clarissa Moll Flanders Roxana

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W hich Sentiment?: Working with Unstable Genre Terminology

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The Oxford Handbook of Literary Terms Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Handbook of Literary Terms: Literature, Language, Theory A Handbook to Literature Cambridge Introduction to the 19th Century Novel

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The Man of Feeling The Vicar of Wakefield A Sentimental Journey La Nouvelle Hlose The Sorrows of Young Werther American Renaissance

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Womans Fiction feel do All the Happy Endings

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The Wide, Wide World The Lamplighter

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The Sorrows of Young Werther Charlotte Temple Charlotte Temple The Wide, Wide World Keywords for American Cultural Studies

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Women of the Republic femme co vert femme sole femme sole

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Employing Women in EighteenthCentury Fiction: Some Notes on Money, Sex, and Matrimony from Daniel Defoe and Samuel Richard son Moll Flanders Roxanna Pamela Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady The Rise of the Novel

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Desire and Domestic Fiction: a Political History of the Novel The Rape of Clarissa: Writing, Sexuality and Class Struggle in Samuel Richardsons Pamela

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did Shamela was Pamela Moll Flanders Roxana Clarissa Pamela Roxana Moll Flanders Clarissa Moll Flanders

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Moll Flanders Roxana Clarissa Economics of/and Seduction: Womens (Working) Bodies in Early American Literature

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The Power of Sympathy

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple The Coquette Female Quix otism

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Ormond Kelroy The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Factory Girl

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The Female Marine The Female Marine

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THE POWER OF SYMPATHY CHARLOTTE TEMPLE The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple Revolution and the Word: the Rise of the Novel in Massachusetts Magazine Columbian Magazine Ladys Weekly Miscellany New York Magazine

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America The Power of Sympathy

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The Power of Sympathy The Power of Sympathy The Coquette Weekly Magazine

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Charlotte Temple The Power of Sympathy

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple Womens Sexual Relations in an Eighteenth Century Context: Womens Labor (Changing) American Laws, and Developing Class Ideologies The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple Constitutional Right

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Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic as workers

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Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America

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Complicating Seduction: Viewing Rape and Prostitution in the Context of Womens Employment The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple

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The Power of Sympathy

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Revolution

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Revolution and the Word

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(Not) Putting Ones Money Where Ones Mouth Is: the Financial Failings of Sympathy The Power of Sympathy

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Charlotte Temple

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple Bastardizing Self Worth: the (Sexualized) Midd ling Class Body as the Site of Competing Meanings The Power of Sympathy

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Revolution Ch arlotte Temple Power of Sympathy The Power of Sympathy

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Charlotte Temple

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Moll Flanders

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple

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THE COQUETTE FEMALE QUIXOTISM The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple The C oquette Female Quix otism

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Female Quixotism The Coquette Female Quixotism

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The Coquette Female Quixotism The Coquette The Coquette The Coquette The Boarding School; Or, Lessons of a Preceptress to Her Pupils Female Quixotism

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Female Quixotism The New Pleasing Instructor Female Quixotism

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The Coquette The Coquette

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Courtship, Capitalist Endeavor, and Marital Labor : the Strange Evolution of Companionate Love

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The Coquette Female Quixotism before

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Oxford English Dictionary

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Disagreeable Truths: The Coquette and Fem ale Quixotism Confront Some Problems with Valuing Companionate Love Moll Flanders RoxanaPamela Clarissa

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The Coquette

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Female Quixotism

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Considering Mari tal Employment : Privilege and Domestic Existence The Coquette Female Quixotism

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Uncomfortable Didactic Work The Coquette Female Quixotism The Coquette Female Quixotism

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ORMOND KELROY Ormond; or the Secret Witness Kelroy Ormond Kelroy Ormond Kelroy Ormond

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Alcuin Clara Howard Jane Talbot Ormond Ormond Kelroy Kelroy

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Revolution and the Word Kelroy Kelroy Kelroy Ormond

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Ormond Pamela Kelroy

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Ormond Kelroy Contextualizing Seduction in Relation to Marriage Negotiations and Labor

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The Family, Sex and Marriage in England, 15001800

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Sexual Revolution in Early America

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Home and Work Artisans into Workers

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Some Thoughts on the Economics of and Agencies within Seduction(s) Ormond Kelroy Ormond

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Ormond Kelroy Some Thoughts on the Worth of Womens Economizing Efforts and Labor Ormond Kelroy Ormond Kelroy

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Ormond Kelroy From Familial Duty to Companionate Love: Tangible Effects from Emotional Affect

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Suggesting New Directions for Womens Narratives, Economizing, and Labor Ormond Kelroy Ormond

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The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Factory Girl The Female Marine

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The Female Marine The Female Marine The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Female Marine The Factory Girl

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The Female Marine

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The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Female Marine The Female Marine

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Protagonists Factory Labor Prostitution, Fighting, and Writing in Context The Factory Girl The Factory Girl The Female Marine

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Artisans into Workers: Labor in NineteenthCentury America Relation of (Sexual) Seduction to Paid Labor

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The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Factory Girl The Female Mar ine The Factory Girl

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The Female Marine

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The Factory Girl The Female Marine

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Describing Workplaces and Testing Evaluative Framework s for Womens Labor The Female Marine The Female Marine The Female Marine The Factory Girl

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The Female Marine

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The Factory Girl

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The Female Marine

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The Female Marine

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The Place of Suffering and Charity in the Life of a Laborer The Factory Girl The Female Marine

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The Female Marine

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The Female Marine charity jilt kindness

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The Female Marine

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Tentative Pronouncements The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Female Marine

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The Female Marine The Female Marine The Female Marine

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The Factory Girl The Female Marine The Factory Girl The Female Marine

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Rise of the Novel Desire and Domestic Fiction: a Political History of the Novel

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femme sole

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The Power of Sympathy Charlotte Temple The Coquette

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Ormond Kelroy

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The Factory Girl The Female Marine

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The Factory Girl and the Seamstress: Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth Century American Fiction Desire and Domestic Fiction: a Political History of the Novel The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms Charlotte Temple Women and Language Womans Fiction: a Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 18201870 The Middling Sorts: Explorations in the History of the American Middle Class Gender and Morality in AngloAmerican Culture, 16501800 Rape and Sexual Power in Early America The Seduction Novel of the Early Nation: a Call for SocioPolitical Reform Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic By the Sweat of the Brow: Literature and Labor in Antebellum America. Ormond; or, the Secret Witness The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature American Literary History Cambridge Introduction to the 19th Century Novel

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Ormond; or, the Secret Witness Ormond; or, the Secret Witness The Market Revolution in America: Social, Political, and Religious Expressions, 18001880 Oxford English Dictionary The Bonds of Womanhood: Womans Sphere in New England, 17801835 The Early English Cotton Industry Charlotte. A Tale of Truth Charlotte Temple The Power of Sympathy Early American Literature Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America Moll Flanders Roxanna the Fortunate Mistress or, a History of the Life and Vast Var iety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards calld The Countess of Wintelsheim, in Germany. Being the Person known by the Name of the Lady Roxana in the Time of King Charles II Intimate Matters: a History of Sexuality in America ProQuest The Rape of Clarissa: Writing, Sexuality and Class Struggle in Samuel Richardson T he Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature

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Ormond Studies in the Novel Canadian Review of American Studies/Revue Canadienne dEtudes Americaines Critical Fictions: Sentiment and the Am erican Market, 17801870 Love and Death in the American Novel The Con struction and Contestation of American Cultures and Identities in the Early National Period The Coquette Female Quixotism Early American Literature MLA International Bibliography Charlotte Temple Maggie Johnson Journal of American Culture White Servitude in Colonial America: An Economic Analysis The British Atlantic World, 15001800 Moll Flanders EighteenthCentury Fiction MLA International Bibliography Sexual Revolution in Early America The Coquette Early American Literature Kelroy South Atlantic Review

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Ormond Lit: Literature Interpretation Theory A Handbook to Literature Female Quixotism EighteenthCentury Fiction MLA International Bibl iography Seduced, Abandoned, and Reborn: Visions of Youth in Middle Class America, 17801850 Abigail Adams Studies in the Novel MLA Internatio nal Bibliography Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in Americas Republic Handbook of Literary Terms: Literature, Language, Theory No Constitutional Right to be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America Child Labour in Britain, 17501870 The Coquette Early American Literature MLA International Bibliography

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Ormond Americ an Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography The New England Mill Village, 17901860 Artisans into Workers: Labor in NineteenthCentury America The William and Mary Quarterly: A Magazine of Early American History and Culture Early American Literature The Factory Girl Early American Literature The Coquette American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography The Power of Sympathy: or, The Triumph of Nature Ormond; or the Secret Witness Kelroy: a Novel Liberty s Daughters: the Revolutionary Experience of American Women 17501800 Novel: A Forum on Fiction MLA International Bibliography Clandestine Marriage in England, 15001850 All the Happy Endings: a Study of the Domestic Novel in America, the Women who Wrote it, the Women who Read it, in the NineteenthCentury

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The British Atlantic World, 15001800 The Letterbook of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, 17391762 Marriage Law and Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: a Reassessment The New York Weekly Magazine; or Miscellaneous Repository: Forming an Interesting Collection of Original and Select Literary Productions in Prose and Verse: Calculated for Instruction and Rational Entertainment the Promotion of Moral and Useful Knowledge and to Enlarge and Correct the Understandings of Youth ProQuest The New England Working Class and the New Labor History The Time Piece; and the Literary Companion ProQuest Women and Children of the Mills: an Annotated Guide to Nineteenthcentury American Textile Factory Literature Kelroy Over the Threshold: Intimate Violence in Early America Clarissa; or, the History of a Young Lady Pamela; or Virtue Rewarded Charlotte Temple Kelroy: a Novel A Renegade History of the United States Prodigal Daughters: Susanna Rowsons Early American Women Charlotte Temple William and Mary Quarterly: a Magazine of Early American History and Culture

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Women and the Law of Property in Early America The Factory Girl Studies in the Novel MLA International Bibliography Inequality in Early America Conceived by Liberty: Maternal Figures and NineteenthCentury American Literature Literature and the Body: Essays on Populations and Persons The Plight of Feeling: Sympathy and Dissent in the Early American Novel The Family, Sex and Marriage in England, 15001800 History of Women in Industry in the United States. Women i n America: From the Colonial Times to the 20th Century Female Quix otism Samuel Slater and the Origins of the American Textile Industry, 17901860 The Coquette Early American Literature MLA International Bibliography The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in NineteenthCentury America

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Early American Literature JSTOR The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln Big Cotton: How a Humble Fiber Created Fortunes, Wrecked Civilizations, and Put America on the Map A History of the Wife Early American Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal Clarissa EighteenthCentury Fiction