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Utopian Negotiation
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In this work of literary criticism, Holmesland sets out to explore the nature of utopianism in the writings of two prominent women authors of the Restoration Period, Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn. Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673) was a dramatist and essayist best known today for The Blazing World, which is often considered one of the earliest precursors to science fiction. Aphra Behn (1640-1689) was also a dramatist and fiction writer, and her most famous book, Oroonoko: or, the Royal Slave is acknowledged as one of the earliest English novels. There is no other book-length exploration of the two authors together, and in this text Holmesland explores the nature of utopianism in both of their writings, considering the entirety of their literary output.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Front Flap, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, About the Author
  2. pp. 2-8
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: Negotiating Utopia
  2. pp. 1-43
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  1. 2. Bell in Campo and The Female Academy (1662): Female Wit in the “Theatre of Warr”
  2. pp. 44-82
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  1. 3. The Blazing World (1666): “Nature tends to Unity”
  2. pp. 83-110
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  1. 4. The Convent of Pleasure (1668): Cross-gendering Negotiation
  2. pp. 111-143
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  1. 5. Transitions
  2. pp. 144-151
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  1. 6. A Voyage to the Isle of Love (1684) and Lycidus (1688): A “Truce” with “Unhappy Eyes”
  2. pp. 152-187
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  1. 7. “The Golden Age” (1684): Feminized Reciprocity as Social Model
  2. pp. 188-206
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  1. 8. The Emperor of the Moon (1687): Common Sense, Natural Vision, and Tempered Utopianism
  2. pp. 207-226
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  1. 9. Oroonoko (1688): The Crisis of Ideologies in Restoration England
  2. pp. 227-249
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  1. 10. The Widow Ranter (1689) and The Rover (1677): Honor in the New World
  2. pp. 250-285
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  1. 11. Conclusion
  2. pp. 286-296
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  1. Appendixes Works Cited Index
  2. pp. 297-298
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  1. Appendix A
  2. pp. 299-302
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  1. Appendix B
  2. pp. 303-304
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 305-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-348
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  1. Back Flap, Back Cover
  2. pp. 363-364
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