This treatment of the rise of the novel argues that novels written by and for women in 18th- and 19th-century England paved the way for the rise of the modern English middle class. In this strikingly original treatment of the rise of the novel, Nancy Armstrong argues that the novels and non- fiction written by and for women in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England paved the way for the rise of the modern English middle class. Most critical studies of the novel mistakenly locate political power exclusively in the official institutions of state, ignoring the political domain over which women hold authority, which includes courtship practices, family relations, and the use of leisure time. To remedy this, Armstrong provides a dual analysis, tracing both the rise of the novel and the evolution of female authority as part of one phenomenon.
Includes index. Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web. Includes bibliographical references (p. 261-289) and index. Description based on publisher supplied metadata and other sources.