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Female Quixotism: Exhibited in the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of Dorcasina Sheldon (Early American Women Writers) Paperback – March 5, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0195074147 ISBN-10: 0195074149

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  • Series: Early American Women Writers
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (March 5, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195074149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195074147
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 5.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Splendid edition."--D. Van Leer, University of California, Davis

"Very useful to have this text available and so intelligently edited."--E.N. Feltskog, University of Wisconsin

"This series is quickly becoming indispensable to teachers and scholars of earlier American literature. Female Quixotism is not only a worthy book in its own right, but a marvelous tool for debunking commonly held assumptions about the limits of women's voices and literary visions in the eighteenth-and early nineteenth centuries. This book is a multi-layered treasure!"--Liahna Babener, Montana State Univ.

"It is good to see an edition of this significant text in print. I intend to use it in both undergraduate and graduate courses this Fall semester."--John Samson, Texas Tech University

"Invaluable for getting early American literature into focus."--Paul Kane, Vasser College

"The book has merit as an intriguing early example of American comic writers dealing with sentimentality in a realistic world. Students of American humor will wish to read this book and its brief but informative introduction."--To Wit, James Madison University

"A wonderful book . . . can be used well in a variety of English courses."--Dr. Marion Perry, Erie Community College-South

"I used this last year in my early American lit. course and I will use it again next quarter. The students loved it. It really works well in dialogue with Franklin and Brown, as well as other women novelists from this era. I'm glad this text is available."--David W. Newton, West Georgia College

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Jean Nienkamp is a doctoral candidate in English at The Pennsylvania State University. Andrea Collins, a poet, works with Associated Writing Programs in Norfolk, Virginia and is an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University.
Cathy N. Davidson, Professor of English at Duke University and editor of American Literature, has published most recently Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America and Reading in America: Literature and Social History.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By mp on March 2, 2002
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Published in 1801, Tabitha Tenney's novel, "Female Quixotism" is at times an amusing, satiric, and profoundly melancholic work. Written in the popular 18th century strain of novels with a moral aesthetic, whose purpose is social and moral corrective, "Female Quixotism" positions itself in the discourse of the dangers of novel reading, especially for young women. While this is its primary function, the narrative also engages with its historical moment, just a few years after the birth of the American nation, "Female Quixotism" addresses America's relationship to increasing numbers of 'foreign' immigrants, the 'problem' of the Native American, and strikingly, the issue of abolishing slavery.
"Female Quixotism" takes place over fifty years, from about 1750 to 1800. Dorcas Sheldon is an only child, who early on loses her mother. Raised and educated by her father, she is entranced throughout her life by British novels, particularly those of Samuel Richardson and Tobias Smollett. This 'turns her head,' if you will, making her believe that the passionate, spontaneous expressions of love and desire found in these novels are the only legitimate basis of love and marriage. She even goes so far as to change her name on her 18th birthday to Dorcasina, thinking it far more romantic. Her father and her neighbours, the Stanlys, along with her waiting maid Betty all try to argue Dorcasina to a more rational kind of love, but are forced to watch her repeatedly make a fool out of herself while men who are either interested in sport or money take advantage of her delusions.
Dorcasina's 'lovers,' particularly O'Connor, James, Philander, 'Montague' and Seymour all use Dorcasina's predilection for high-flown courting language and ridiculous sentimentality against her to achieve their own purposes.
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