The Witlings and The Woman-Hater Fanny Burney

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The Witlings  and The Woman-Hater  by  Fanny Burney

The Witlings and The Woman-Hater by Fanny Burney
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This Broadview edition pairs two of Frances Burneys linked comedies. They both present the character of Lady Smatter, a femme savante whose lineage may be traced back to Molière- they both centre on the misfortunes of the elle figure, theMoreThis Broadview edition pairs two of Frances Burneys linked comedies.

They both present the character of Lady Smatter, a femme savante whose lineage may be traced back to Molière- they both centre on the misfortunes of the elle figure, the dispossessed heiress and wife who appears frequently in Burneys fiction- and they both criticize a culture of misogyny that breeds suspicion and resentment.

The Witlings, lighter and more comic, derives from late seventeenth-century conventions- The Woman-Hater, more melodramatic, both expresses and warns against the excessive sensibility of romanticism. Together, these two plays constitute a miniature history of English drama from the Restoration to the French Revolution and beyond.

This edition contains a valuable selection of appendices, including: Burneys Epilogue to Gerilda- letters and diary entries- contemporary writings on comedy- and Burneys cast-list for The Woman-Hater.



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