Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727
New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014
Karen B. Gevirtz, Ph.D.
Department of English
Women, the Novel, and Natural Philosophy, 1660-1727 shows how early
women novelists drew on debates about the self generated by the
'scientific' revolution to establish the novel as a genre and literary
omniscience as a point of view. These writers such as Aphra Behn, Jane
Barker, Eliza Haywood, and Mary Davys used, tested, explored, accepted,
and rejected ideas about the self in their works to represent the act of
knowing and what it means to be a knowing self. Karen Bloom Gevirtz
agues that as they did so, they developed structures for representing
authoritative knowing that contributed to the development of the novel
as a genre, and to literary omniscience as a point of view.