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Kraft, Elizabeth

Works: 10 works in 73 publications in 1 language and 4,274 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Fiction  History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Elizabeth Kraft
The young philosopher by Charlotte Smith( )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Young Philosopher, George Delmont embraces an agrarian life and devotes himself to the pursuit of knowledge. But it is George's love Medora Glenmorris and her mother Laura who provide the emotional core of the novel. Contrasting the pain and suffering of individuals with the idealism of the French Revolution and the hope provided by glimpses of life in America, Smith exposes philosophical enlightenment as an ineffective weapon for fighting the widespread corruption of English society. The early novels of Charlotte Smith (1749-1806) were precursors of the gothic tradition that came to d
Laurence Sterne revisited by Elizabeth Kraft( Book )

11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kraft combines extensive analysis of Sterne's best-known works with consideration of his earlier satires, sermons, and political writings; hers is the first critical study to consider the whole of Sterne's career, offering a rich account of his life and of the theological and philosophical context of his work. While attentive to the critical appeal of Sterne for a postmodern readership, Kraft focuses on the eighteenth-century context, with special emphasis on Sterne's religious beliefs. Kraft's chapter on Sterne's pre-Tristram Shandy life and a chapter devoted to his sermons provide the background for an examination of the central paradox around which all Christian belief revolves - the union of immortal spirit and mortal flesh. Kraft contends Sterne viewed sexual longing as both an indication of human fallibility and a spiritual gift. To understand how it can be both simultaneously is to learn to dwell in the ambiguity that is the essence of Sterne's vision and a fundamental tenet of his faith
Women novelists and the ethics of desire, 1684-1814 : in the voice of our biblical mothers by Elizabeth Kraft( Book )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2016 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Women Novelists and the Ethics of Desire, 1684-1814, Elizabeth Kraft radically alters our conventional views of early women novelists by taking seriously their representations of female desire. To this end, she reads the fiction of Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, Sarah Fielding, Charlotte Smith, Frances Burney, and Elizabeth Inchbald in light of ethical paradigms drawn from biblical texts about women and desire. Like their paradigmatic foremothers, these early women novelists create female characters who demonstrate subjectivity and responsibility for the other even as they grapple with the exigencies imposed on them by circumstance and convention. Kraft's study, informed by ethical theorists such as Emmanuel Levinas and Luce Irigaray, is remarkable in its juxtaposition of narratives from ancient and early modern times. These pairings enable Kraft to demonstrate not only the centrality of female desire in eighteenth-century culture and literature but its ethical importance as well."--Jacket
Character & consciousness in eighteenth-century comic fiction by Elizabeth Kraft( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The poems of Anna Letitia Barbauld by Barbauld( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume brings together for the first time all the known poems of English writer Anna Letitia Barbauld (1743-1825), a once esteemed but long neglected figure whose career spanned the Age of Sensibility and the Romantic Era. William McCarthy and Elizabeth Kraft have collected 171 of her poems, including twenty-four previously unpublished and eleven conjectural attributions. This is the first scholarly edition of any writings of Barbauld, a brilliant woman whose interests ranged from literary criticism to history and affairs of state to children's stories. At the end of the eighteenth century, Barbauld may well have been the most eminent living poet, male or female, in Britain." "Barbauld belongs almost equally to two generations. Her verse displays an eighteenth-century adherence to balance, common sense, and poetic diction and meter, but it also celebrates the individual, the passionate, and the fanciful in a clearly Romantic manner. In the current reconfiguring of Romanticism, Barbauld provides an important contrast to the major male poets who have, until recently, defined the era - poets who clearly acknowledged her influence on their own work, yet who played a role in Barbauld's lapse into obscurity in the century after her death. Coleridge, before a serious falling out with Barbauld, admired her greatly, and Wordsworth confessed that he wished the final eight lines of her poem "Life" had been of his own composing. Walter Savage Landor ranked her "Summer Evening's Meditation" among the finest poems in the English language." "Barbauld's poems have retained their capacity to delight readers; they are witty, learned, imaginative, and unpredictable in both choice and treatment of subject. Read as a whole, this collection reveals a striking variety of style and voice and provides the basis for a major - and long overdue - reevaluation of Barbauld's poetry. McCarthy and Kraft present unmodernized texts of the poems that reflect as nearly as possible the author's final intention and give variant readings in textual notes. A lengthy introduction includes a discussion of the poems, a history of their composition and publication, and an outline of Barbauld's life and writing career."--Jacket
Selected poetry and prose by Barbauld( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2008 in English and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On second thought : updating the eighteenth-century text( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Restoration stage comedies and Hollywood remarriage films : in conversation with Stanley Cavell by Elizabeth Kraft( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabeth Kraft brings the canon of Restoration comedy into the conversation initiated by Stanley Cavell in his book Pursuits of Happiness: The Hollywood Comedy of Remarriage. Before there could be imagined remarriages of the sort Cavell documents, there had to be imagined marriages of equality. Such imagined marriages were first mapped out on the Restoration stage by witty pairs such as Harriet and Dorimant, Millamant and Mirabell, and Alithea and Harcourt who are precursors of the central couples in films such as Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, and The Lady Eve. In considering the Restoration comedy canon in one-on-one discourse with the Hollywood remarriage comedy canon, Kraft demonstrates the indebtedness of the twentieth-century films to the Restoration dramatic texts-and the philosophical richness of both canons as they explore the nature and significance of marriage as pursuit of moral perfectionism. Her book will be of interest to specialists in Restoration drama and film scholars
Approaches to teaching the novels of Henry Fielding( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offers pedagogical techniques for teaching Henry Fielding's novels, bringing considerations of epic, comedy, romance, religion, law, politics, class, gender, narrative voice, style, formalism, historicism, and book history into the college classroom. Includes information on editions, reference works, biographies, and online resources. Gives syllabus suggestions for undergraduate and graduate courses"--
Women novelists and the ethics of desire, 1634-1814 : in the voice of our biblical mothers by Elizabeth Kraft( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Laurence Sterne revisited
Laurence Sterne revisitedWomen novelists and the ethics of desire, 1684-1814 : in the voice of our biblical mothersCharacter & consciousness in eighteenth-century comic fictionThe poems of Anna Letitia BarbauldSelected poetry and proseOn second thought : updating the eighteenth-century textWomen novelists and the ethics of desire, 1634-1814 : in the voice of our biblical mothers
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