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Force or Fraud – British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760 - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Force or Fraud: British Seduction Stories and the Problem of Resistance, 1660-1760

Toni Bowers


Force or Fraud—rape or seduction? This book examines the development, between the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the accession of George III in 1760, of the peculiarly modern habit of making that distinction on the basis of female responsive agency. It tells the story of how rape and seduction came to be distinguished according to measures of women's resistance and consent in low-brow “amatory” writing, and how at the same time amatory fictions interrogated the implications of their own procedures, implications still very much with us today. The amatory tales of Aphra Behn, Delarivier M ... More

Keywords: seduction, rape, collusive resistance, virtue, Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, George Berkeley, Alexander Pope, Roger L'Estrange, Glorious Revolution, sexual desire

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592135
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592135.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Toni Bowers, author
Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania
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