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Eighteenth Century and Gothic

Memoirs of Emma Courtney
by Mary Hays
Adeline Mowbray; or the Mother and the Daughter
by Amelia Alderson Opie

Edited by Miriam Wallace

ISBN 0-9679121-9-9

Price $18.95

About the Book
This edition pairs Mary Hays’s Memoirs of Emma Courtney (1796) with Amelia Alderson Opie’s Adeline Mowbray; or the Mother and the Daughter (1804). Emma Courtney represents the radical side of debates in England about appropriate behavior for women in love at the end of the eighteenth century. Adeline Mowbray has been more often read as a warning about the dangers of putting into practice the radical reforms advocated by women like Hays. Reading together these novels by women who were both close friends and associates of Mary Wollstonecraft in the heady revolutionary days complicates their easy division into “radical” and “conservative” or “Jacobin” and “anti-Jacobin” categories. Debates of the time on abolition, childhood education, rakish masculinity, and the consequences for women of sexuality outside of marriage are central to both of these novels, and readily explored by offering both under a single cover. The College Publishing Edition includes an introductory essay detailing the importance and problems of biographical approaches to these two novels in particular, and works by women writers in general. Additional short essays are interpolated throughout, providing helpful contextual material, while the varied responses of eighteenth and nineteenth-century readers are represented by a selection of contemporary reviews of each novel in the appendix.
About the Editor
Miriam L. Wallace (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz) is Associate Professor of British and American literature at New College of Florida. She has authored articles on eighteenth-century constructions of gendered and sexed subjects in works by Laurence Sterne, Mary Hays, Elizabeth Inchbald, and Thomas Holcroft, and is completing a book, Revolutionary Subjects in the English Jacobin Novel, 1790-1810, for which she won an NEH College Teacher Grant in 2001-02. Interested in pedagogy since graduate school, Wallace has published in Feminist Teacher, and won the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Shirley Bill Teaching Award in 1996-97 for a collaborative course on The French Revolution and the Cultural Imagination: Eighteenth Century England and France.
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Memoirs of Emma Courtney

Religion and Politics in 1790s Britain
Sensibility and Novel Reading
English Jacobins and Jacobinism
Marriage and Courtship
Slavery and the Abolition Movement
Women and Education I
Women and Work I
Adeline Mowbray; or the Mother and the Daughter
Women and Education II
Female Sexuality and Desire
Masculinity and Dueling
Abolition Literature
Women and Work II
Appetite and Temperance
William Godwin on Marriage and Cohabitation
Reviews of Emma Courtney
Reviews of Adeline Mowbray