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by Toni Bowers

Author: Toni Bowers
Subcategory: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 15, 2011)
Pages: 384 pages
Category: Fiction and Literature
Rating: 4.9
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Force or Fraud: British . .has been added to your Cart. Toni Bowers is Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

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In a letter quoted by Toni Bowers in the coda of Force or Fraud: British Seduction . Bowers’s book is extremely useful as an introduction to tomes with melodramatic plots that engaged enthusiastic contemporary audiences

In a letter quoted by Toni Bowers in the coda of Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, Richardson concludes that Charles will forever be torn between his two sympathetic loves: A divided Heart he must ever have (301). Bowers’s book is extremely useful as an introduction to tomes with melodramatic plots that engaged enthusiastic contemporary audiences. The argument that they form a coherent genre of seduction or amatory writing is well made.

Attribution Problems in the Fiction of Aphra Behn". Bowers, Toni (2011). Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760. Oxford University Press.

It tells the story of how rape and seduction came to be distinguished according to measures of women's resistance and consent in low-brow amatory writing, and how at the same time amatory fictions interrogated the implications of their own procedures, implications still very much with us today.

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It tells the story of how rape and seduction came to be distinguished according to measures of women's resistance and consent in low-brow "amatory" writing, and how at the same time amatory fictions interrogated the implications of their own procedures, implications still very much with us today.

Toni Bowers, Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660–1760 (Oxford: Oxford . 2014) The Moral Observer. In: Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660–1727. Palgrave Macmillan, New York.

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It tells the story of how rape and seduction came to be distinguished according to measures of women's resistance and consent in low-brow "amatory" writing, and how at the same time amatory fictions interrogated the implications of their own procedures, implications still very much with us today.

Force or fraud - rape or seduction? This book examines the development, between the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the accession of George III in 1760, of the peculiarly modern habit of making that distinction on the basis of female responsive agency. It tells the story of how rape and seduction came to be distinguished according to measures of women's resistance and consent in low-brow "amatory" writing, and how at the same time amatory fictions interrogated the implications of their own procedures, implications still very much with us today. The amatory tales of Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Samuel Richardson - early pioneers in British prose fiction - were immensely popular in their day. But they were also scandalous and controversial, not least because they so often depicted innocent young women under assault from men in positions of legitimate authority over them. Focusing on an ideologically-inflected strategy it calls "collusive resistance," Force or Fraud uncovers the paradoxical means by which formulaic late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century seduction stories wielded a surprising degree of power and influence - not only over female imaginations, publication lists, and leisure time, but also over the interpretation of one of the age's most troubling problems, the problem of constructing virtuous resistance to those in authority. Stories about the ambiguous seductions of young women helped British political subjects negotiate a period of dramatic change and uncertainty, and to imagine newly legitimate forms of resistance.