By Dr Laura Linker

In the 1st full-length research of the determine of the feminine libertine in overdue 17th- and early eighteenth-century literature, Laura Linker examines heroines showing in literature by way of John Dryden, Aphra Behn, Catharine Trotter, Delariviere Manley, and Daniel Defoe. Linker argues that this determine, partly encouraged through Epicurean rules present in Lucretius's De rerum natura, interrogates gender roles and assumptions and emerges as a resource of substantial pressure in the course of the past due Stuart and early Georgian sessions. Witty and rebellious, the feminine libertine turns into a common satiric goal as a result of her transgressive sexuality. because of unfavourable portrayals of girl libertines, girls writers start to affiliate their libertine heroines with the pathos figures they learn in French texts of sensibilité. starting with a dialogue of Charles II's mistresses, Linker exhibits that those ladies proceed to function types for the feminine libertine in literature lengthy after their "reigns" at court docket ended. Her examine areas the feminine libertine inside her cultural, philosophical, and literary contexts and indicates new methods of contemplating women's participation and the early novel, which prominently positive aspects woman libertines as heroines of sensibility.

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