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Backscheider, Paula R.

Works: 154 works in 451 publications in 2 languages and 20,299 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Reference works  History  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Biography  Biographies  Handbooks and manuals  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: PR701, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paula R Backscheider
Daniel Defoe : his life by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

32 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Restoration and eighteenth-century dramatists : first series by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

28 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles eighteen playwrights born between 1621 and 1666, presenting primary and secondary bibliographies and illustrated biographical essays that chronicle each writer's career in detail
Moll Flanders : the making of a criminal mind by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

7 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides in-depth analysis of the literary work Moll Flanders, as well as its importance and critical reception. Includes a chronology of the life and works of the author
Probability, time, and space in eighteenth-century literature by Modern Language Association of America( Book )

9 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Restoration and eighteenth-century dramatists by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

16 editions published in 1989 in 3 languages and held by 782 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide career biographies of eighteen distinguished writers of the eighteenth century; each with a list of principal works and a bibliography
Eighteenth-century women poets and their poetry : inventing agency, inventing genre by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

16 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This major original study offers a broad view of the writing and careers of eighteenth-century women poets, casting a new light on the ways in which poetry was read and enjoyed, on changing poetic tastes in British culture, and on the development of important poetic genres and traditions."--Jacket
Popular fiction by women, 1660-1730 : an anthology by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 1997 in English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Though strikingly varied in narrative format and purpose, ranging as they do from the erotic and sensational to the sentimental and pious, they offer a distinct fictional approach to the moral and social issues of the age from a female standpoint
Revising women : eighteenth-century "women's fiction" and social engagement by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The essays bring together a number of issues often discussed separately. Among these are the constructing power of socio-historical forces and of the individual creating writer and the works of male and female authors."--Jacket
Reflections on biography by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

22 editions published between 1999 and 2004 in English and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aimed at all readers of biography - lifelong or occasional, critical or casual - this book examines the subject from many angles, and gives a tour of the decisions biographers make and the implications of those choices
Spectacular politics : theatrical power and mass culture in early modern England by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The power of mass culture and the importance of public opinion seem rooted in the technology and political institutions of the twentieth century. But Paula Backscheider finds surprising evidence of their origin in seventeenth-century England. In Spectacular Politics: Theatrical Power and Mass Culture in Early Modern England, Backscheider argues that historians and literary critics have overestimated the importance of printed texts and literacy in the formation of a politically involved and opinionated public. Backscheider looks to other texts - to popular drama as well as less accessible forms such as street pageants and Christmas pantomimes - and discovers deliberate and sophisticated interactions of mass culture and public opinion. Backscheider offers three detailed examples of how popular literature participates in important social processes in which public opinion and acceptance are at stake. In the first reconstruction of the London street pageants staged from 1659 to 1662, she describes how Charles II used theatrical events to reimpose the concept of a Stuart monarchy - and how his opponents responded with rival entertainments advocating a different idea of the monarchy and the future. She then examines the London theatrical season of 1695-96, when one third of the new plays performed were written by women. Here Backscheider shows how transgressive, revisionary literature can awaken censoring and collaborative forces even as it opens debate. In her final section, Backscheider presents the first critical reconstruction and serious analysis of gothic drama, an early and indisputable example of "mass culture." She demonstrates how these popular entertainments expressed the public's deepest anxieties, while offering a redeeming image of humankind and the nation, as England faced the Regency Crisis of 1788-89 - when George III was judged "hopelessly mad." Backscheider illustrates the various ways in which literature participates in the ideological struggle for intellectual, moral, and philosophical dominance in a society. Each case also shows the significance of how a people imagines itself and its "story"--And what happens when established notions of identiry are challenged or threatened. At such moments of crisis, Backscheider concludes, radically original and culturally powerful texts come into being, new genres are created, and literary works become mass culture
A companion to the eighteenth-century English novel and culture by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

36 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aims to furnish readers with a cultural studies methodology and a vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral contexts. This volume is divided into three parts exploring formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the issues and philosophies of the period, and its lasting legacy
An annotated bibliography of twentieth-century critical studies of women and literature, 1660-1800 by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

9 editions published in 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 458 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected fiction and drama of Eliza Haywood by Eliza Fowler Haywood( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This exciting edition gathers together for the first time a sampling of Haywood's writings generous enough to represent the full range of her fiction and drama and includes material from each decade of her long writing life. All texts come back into print here and here alone. The collection features six fictions, including both racy early work and later experimental prose fiction, two plays, and some powerful political writing. --PUBLISHER DESCRIPTON
A being more intense : a study of the prose works of Bunyan, Swift, and Defoe by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

9 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

British women poets of the long eighteenth century : an anthology( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This anthology gathers 368 poems by 80 British women poets of the long eighteenth century. Few of these poems have been reprinted since originally published, and all are crucial to understanding fully the literary history of women writers." "Paula R. Backscheider and Catherine E. Ingrassia demonstrate the enormous diversity of poetry produced during this time by organizing the poems in three broad and deliberately overlapping categories: by genre, establishing that women wrote in all of the forms that men did with equal mastery and creativity; by theme, offering a revisionary look at the range of topics these writers addressed, including war, ecology, friendship, religion, and the stages of life; and by the poems' more specific focus on the women's experiences as writers." "Backscheider and Ingrassia have selected poems that represent the best work of skilled poets, creating a wonderful mix of canonical and little-known pieces. They include the complete texts of longer poems that are abridged or omitted in other collections. Their substantial part introductions, textual notes, bibliographical information, and biographical sketches situate the poets and their writings within the cultural and political milieu in which they appeared." "To generate further scholarship on this subject, this essential anthology puts primary texts in front of students, scholars, and general readers. It fills the persistent need to document women's poetic expression during the long eighteenth century and to rewrite the literary history of the period, a history from which women have largely been excluded"--Jacket
Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the development of the English novel by Paula R Backscheider( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel" is the first in-depth study of Rowe's prose fiction. A four-volume collection of her work was a bestseller for a hundred years after its publication, but today Rowe is a largely unrecognized figure in the history of the novel. Although her poetry was appreciated by poets such as Alexander Pope for its metrical craftsmanship, beauty, and imagery, by the time of her death in 1737 she was better known for her fiction. According to Paula R. Backscheider, Rowe's major focus in her novels was on creating characters who were seeking a harmonious, contented life, often in the face of considerable social pressure. This quest would become the plotline in a large number of works in the second half of the eighteenth century, and it continues to be a major theme today in novels by women. Backscheider relates Rowe's work to popular fiction written by earlier writers as well as by her contemporaries. Rowe had a lasting influence on major movements, including the politeness (or gentility) movement, the reading revolution, and the Bluestocking society. The author reveals new information about each of these movements, and Elizabeth Singer Rowe emerges as an important innovator. Her influence resulted in new types of novel writing, philosophies, and lifestyles for women. Backscheider looks to archival materials, literary analysis, biographical evidence, and a configuration of cultural and feminist theories to prove her groundbreaking argument
The excursion by Frances Brooke( Book )

5 editions published in 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written for the very audience it portrays, this novel introduces the heroine, Maria Villiers, to London's "gentle" society and its glittering pastimes. Brooke drew upon the English courtship novel in the tradition of Eliza Haywood, Henry Fielding, and Frances Burney for her novel's overarching plot structure. But instead of concentrating on Maria's romantic adventures, she experiments with unusual treatments of subplots and unconventional characters. The most interesting aspect of her story is the development of Maria's ambition to win fame and fortune as a writer; it is one of the few portraits of a woman with literary ambitions by an early woman writer. Brooke's wry narrative voice foreshadows that of Jane Austen. The second volume in the series Eighteenth-Century Novels by Women, The Excursion contributes to our understanding of the development of the novel and offers a lively view of women's position in eighteenth-century English society. The editors' introduction places The Excursion firmly in the tradition of the English novel, provides a fresh biography of Brooke, and brings together the most important eighteenth- and twentieth-century criticism of Brooke's work
A short narrative of the life and actions of His Grace John, D. of Marlborough by Daniel Defoe( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Daniel Defoe : his life
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Backscheider, Paula.

Backscheider, Paula 1943-

Backsheider, Paula R. 1943-

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Eighteenth-century women poets and their poetry : inventing agency, inventing genrePopular fiction by women, 1660-1730 : an anthologyRevising women : eighteenth-century "women's fiction" and social engagementReflections on biographyA companion to the eighteenth-century English novel and cultureSelected fiction and drama of Eliza HaywoodBritish women poets of the long eighteenth century : an anthologyThe excursion