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Julie among the Jacobins: Radicalism and the Sentimental Novel, 1790–1800

Nicola J. Watson

in Revolution and the Form of the British Novel, 1790-1825

Published in print February 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112976
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670893 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112976.003.0002
Julie among the Jacobins: Radicalism and the Sentimental Novel, 1790–1800

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This chapter begins with a survey of the interwoven fates of the letter and the sexually transgressive heroine in radical polemic and fiction from 1790 to 1800, examining the strategies by which radical novelists, including Helen Maria Williams, Eliza Fenwick, Mary Hays, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Charlotte Smith, attempted to appropriate and modify the plot of sensibility provided by La Nouvelle Héloïse to ratify the heroine's self-legitimating revolutionary desire as expressed in letters.

Keywords: letters; sexually transgressive heroine; radical fiction; radical novelists; Helen Maria Williams; Eliza Fenwick; Mary Hays; Charlotte Smith; Mary Wollstonecraft

Chapter.  18731 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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