Abstract

While conduct books like Hannah More's 1808 Coelebs in Search of a Wife have become standard documents of feminist cultural studies, they are most often used as methodological tools for uncovering the domestic ideologies of more canonical fictions, or for charting broad patterns of literary and cultural development across decades or even centuries. Instead, this essay regards Coelebs as a text with its own politically conservative agenda, and argues that the novel endorses a contemporary economic program of home trading that inscribes women within a patriotic system of agricultural management for the purpose of homeland defense.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6547
Print ISSN
0013-8304
Pages
pp. 1-25
Launched on MUSE
2007-03-06
Open Access
No
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