The Coquette and The Boarding School (Norton Critical Editions 0)

The Coquette and The Boarding School (Norton Critical Editions 0)

By: Hannah Webster Foster (author), Bryan Waterman (editor), Jennifer Harris (editor)Paperback

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Published anonymously in 1797, Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette grabbed American interest with its ripped-from-the-headlines story of sex and scandal. A steady best seller for decades, the seduction novel was passed down through generations; indeed, its heroine became better known than the book's author. A year later, Foster's lesser-known follow-up, The Boarding School, provided an equally compelling portrait of women at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same epistolary form. Both novels can now be read in conversation with each other in this new Norton Critical Edition based on the respective first edition texts; the author's original spelling, punctuation, and usage are retained while obvious printer's errors are corrected. The texts are joined with a detailed introduction to Foster's legacy and Elizabeth Whitman's life along with explanatory annotations and a note on the text. "Sources and Contexts" unearths a wealth of original material about the environment the works were produced in and the real-life people who inspired them. The three sections, "On Coquetry," "The Life and Death of Elizabeth Whitman," and "The Nineteenth-Century Legacy," include new and corrected transcriptions of Whitman's letters to Ruth and Joel Barlow, an inventory of items found at Whitman's room at her death, popular representations of Elizabeth Whitman, and unauthorized sequels to The Coquette. Seven illustrations, including three of Eliza Wharton, are included to enrich the reading experience. "Criticism" brings together nine diverse contemporary interpretations. Contributors include Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Claire C. Pettengill, Julia A. Stern, Gillian Brown, Jeffrey H. Richards, and Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, among others. Chronologies of the lives of Hannah Webster Foster and Elizabeth Whitman are included along with a Selected Bibliography.

About Author

Bryan Waterman is Associate Professor of English at New York University. He is the author of The Friendly Club of New York City and the Making of American Literature and several essays on American literature and culture published in American Literary History, Early American Literature, The William and Mary Quarterly, and elsewhere. He is the coeditor, with Cyrus R. K. Patell, of The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York.

Contents

List of Illustrations Preface A Note on the Texts The Texts of The Coquette and The Boarding School The Coquette The Boarding School Sources and Contexts On Coquetry Anonymous ? A modern Coquette's account of herself Anonymous ? For the Massachusetts Gazette. On Coquetry The Life and Death of Elizabeth Whitman The Letters of Elizabeth Whitman to Joel and Ruth Barlow, 1779?1783 Inventory of Whitman's Belongings on Her Death Bryan Waterman ? The Elizabeth Whitman Paper Trail William Hill Brown ? From The Power of Sympathy Anonymous ? A Pathetick Fragment. By the late unfortunate Miss Whitman The Nineteenth-Century Legacy J. Horatio Nichols ? From The New England Coquette William R. Hayden ? From Clara Wharton; A Sequel to Eliza Wharton Anonymous ? Tragedy in Tale of Love Caroline Wells Healey Dall ? From The Romance of the Association Criticism Carroll Smith-Rosenberg ? From Domesticating 'Virtue': Coquettes and Revolutionaries in Young America Claire C. Pettengill ? [Female Friendship in Foster?s Novels] Julia A. Stern ? [Live Burial and the Tyrannies of Voice in The Coquette] Gillian Brown ? From Consent, Coquetry, and Consequences Jeffrey H. Richards ? [Theater, Sexuality, and National Virtue in Foster's Novels] Gwendolyn Audrey Foster ? [The Dialogics of Sisterly Advice in The Boarding School] Elizabeth Hewitt ? [Foster's Epistolarity] Rodney Hessinger ? [Gender in the Seduction Tales of the Late Eighteenth Century] Blevin Shelnutt ? The Coquette and Pseudonymous Attribution Hannah Webster Foster: A Chronology Elizabeth Whitman: A Chronology Selected Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780393931679
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9780393931679
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 0393931676

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