The Father and Daughter with Dangers of Coquetry

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Broadview Press, 02.01.2003 - 377 Seiten

The Father and Daughter was one of the most widely read novels of the early nineteenth century, captivating readers with its pathos and melodrama. It tells the story of Agnes Fitzhenry, whose seduction by the libertine Clifford causes her father to descend into madness. Rooted in the social conditions of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain, the novel is both an affecting narrative and a compelling social commentary.

Opie’s first novel, Dangers of Coquetry (1790), also addresses issues of female sexuality and the social construction of gender. It is the story of a young woman who, while possessing many virtues, is given to coquetry. She attracts the attention of a sternly moral gentleman who dislikes coquettes, and mutual love ensues.

This Broadview edition includes a careful selection of contextual documents, such as Opie’s letters, dramatic adaptations, and texts on coquetry, chastity, and the treatment of insanity.

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Acknowledgements
11
A Brief Chronology
52
The Father and Daughter
59
Dangers of Coquetry
183
Extracts from Amelia Opies Letters
257
Reviews of Dangers of Coquetry and The Father
263
Contemporary Responses to The Father
269
Reviews of LAgnese
282
A Hindustani Girls Song
313
Chastity
321
Coquetry
330
S From Ladys Monthly Museum June 1799
339
Proposals for the establishment of a Lunatic Asylum
346
From John Monro M D Remarks on Dr Batties Treatise
353
Substantive Variants in The Father and Daughter
363
Urheberrecht

The Lear of Private Life
300

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Über den Autor (2003)

Shelley King is an Assistant Professor of English at Queen’s University, Kingston.

John B. Pierce is a Professor of English at Queen’s University, Kingston.

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