Bastards and Foundlings: Illegitimacy in Eighteenth-century England
By recreating the context of the national preoccupation with bastardy, with a special emphasis on the gender of the fictional bastard/foundling, Zunshine offers new readings of "canonical" texts, such as Steele's The Conscious Lovers, Defoe's Moll Flanders, Fielding's Tom Jones, Moore's The Foundling, Colman's The English Merchant, Richardson's Clarissa and Sir Charles Grandison, Burney's Evelina, Smith's Emmeline, Edgeworth's Belinda, and Austen's Emma, as well as of less well-known works, such as Haywood's The Fortunate Foundlings, Shebbeare's The Marriage Act, Bennett's The Beggar Girl and Her Benefactors, and Robinson's The Natural Daughter."--BOOK JACKET.
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Cultural Narratives of Illegitimacy
Bastard Daughters and Founding Heroines Rewriting Illegitimacy in The Conscious Lovers
Moll Flanders and the English Shelter for Bastards
Kicking Out the Cubs The Wrong Heirs in Richardsons Clarissa
Tom Jones Resisting the Mythologization of Bastardy
Female Philanthropy the London Foundling Hospital and Richardsons The History of Sir Charles Grandison
The Children Owned By None Divided Bastardy in Frances Burneys Evelina
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