The Witlings and The Woman-Hater

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Broadview Press, 19.09.2002 - 329 Seiten

This Broadview edition pairs two of Frances Burney’s linked comedies. They both present the character of Lady Smatter, a “femme savante” whose lineage may be traced back to Molière; they both centre on the misfortunes of the “elle” figure, the dispossessed heiress and wife who appears frequently in Burney’s fiction; and they both criticize a culture of misogyny that breeds suspicion and resentment. The Witlings, lighter and more comic, derives from late seventeenth-century conventions; The Woman-Hater, more melodramatic, both expresses and warns against the excessive sensibility of romanticism. Together, these two plays constitute a miniature history of English drama from the Restoration to the French Revolution and beyond.

This edition contains a valuable selection of appendices, including: Burney’s “Epilogue to Gerilda”; letters and diary entries; contemporary writings on comedy; and Burney’s cast-list for The Woman-Hater.

 

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Inhalt

Acknowledgements
7
A Brief Chronology
36
Burneys Earliest Theatrical Writing Epilogue
291
Burney and Moliere
309
Burneys CastList for The WomanHater
322
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Über den Autor (2002)

Peter Sabor is a professor at McGill University.

Geoffrey Sill is a professor at Rutgers University.

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