Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi: A Taste for Eccentricity

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 8 янв. 2010 г. - Всего страниц: 285
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Scholars and readers who are interested in eighteenth-century British literature are surely familiar with Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi in the light she came to be known in her lifetime and after: first, as the “formidable hostess” of Streatham House, South London, and then as an outcast from respectable eighteenth-century society after she had married the Italian piano teacher of her daughter. As a writer, her importance has long been that of a footnote to Samuel Johnson and as a consequence, she has been part of the official British literary canon only as a character. This volume introduces Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi as a whole, trying to link her fascinating and subversive biography to her development as a writer, emphasizing the innovative issues of her works, her style and her social and personal beliefs. Piozzi’s biography is an interesting example of the dynamic scene of the late eighteenth century, where she was both conservative and subversive: she was an eccentric, and although her decision to marry the Italian singer and composer Gabriele Piozzi disgraced her, it was through this act of subversion that Hester Thrale Piozzi could finally make her own entrance into the world as a public writer. Once she had transgressed the social codes of so-called “feminine” behaviour, she was also ready to move into the public sphere, publish her works and make money out of them, pioneering several traditional literary genres through her passionate search for professional independence in the literary canon of the eighteenth century.

 

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INTRODUCTION
1
CHRONOLOGY
8
CHAPTER ONE
10
CHAPTER TWO
42
CHAPTER THREE
67
CHAPTER FOUR
95
CONCLUSION
164
NOTES
166
BIBLIOGRAPHY
214
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Marianna D’Ezio completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Rome “Sapienza” and has been Adjunct Professor of English at several Italian universities (Cassino and Perugia). She lives and works in Italy, where she also worked as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of California Rome Study Center and is currently teaching International Baccalaureate literature courses at Marymount International School. Her research interests focus on eighteenth-century literature and travel writing, with special attention to women writers. She participated in many conferences worldwide (India, United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain), and has published many articles on eighteenth-century women travelling to Italy—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Mary Berry, Elizabeth Gaskell—as well as miscellaneous articles on various topics. For Cambridge Scholars Publishing she edited a collection of essays entitled Literary and Cultural Intersections during the Long Eighteenth Century (2008).

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