Female Quixotism Exhibited in the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of Dorcasina Sheldon The Early American Women Writers series offers rare works of fiction by eighteenth and nineteenth century women each reprinted in its entirety each introduced by Cathy N Davidson who places the nov

  • Title: Female Quixotism: Exhibited in the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of Dorcasina Sheldon
  • Author: Tabitha Gilman Tenney Jean Nienkamp Andrea Collins Cathy N. Davidson
  • ISBN: 9780195074147
  • Page: 185
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Early American Women Writers series offers rare works of fiction by eighteenth and nineteenth century women, each reprinted in its entirety, each introduced by Cathy N Davidson, who places the novel in an historical and literary perspective Ranging from serious cautionary tales about moral corruption to amusing and trenchant social satire, these books provide today The Early American Women Writers series offers rare works of fiction by eighteenth and nineteenth century women, each reprinted in its entirety, each introduced by Cathy N Davidson, who places the novel in an historical and literary perspective Ranging from serious cautionary tales about moral corruption to amusing and trenchant social satire, these books provide today s reader with a unique window into the earliest American popular fiction and way of life.First published in 1801, Female Quixotism is a boisterous, rollicking anti romance and literary satire It takes place in the fictional village of L , Pennsylvania, where its central character Dorcas Sheldon who styles herself the romantic Dorcasina sets out on a quixotic quest for the kind of romantic love portrayed in her favorite English novels Having rejected the prosaic yet honorable advances of her first suitor, Lysander, Dorcasina narrowly escapes marriage to a series of unscrupulous rogues interested mostly in her considerable fortune Moving from one misadventure to another, the heroine s journey ends in a lonely old age bereft of romantic illusion.Female Quixotism was written during a period of self definition for the fledgling American republic, and offers a telling glimpse of gender, race, and class issues as volatile then as they are today Its woman s eye view of the life and literature of the age provides a tragicomic parody of the limited choices available to women in a society dedicated to the principle that all men are created equal.

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    One thought on “Female Quixotism: Exhibited in the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of Dorcasina Sheldon”

    1. Quirky, hilarious early American novel that follows the magnificently common Dorcasina in her efforts to behave properly based completely on ideas of human interaction she has gleaned from reading novels (thus the reference in the title to Quixote). This bills itself as "a cautionary tale," designed to dissuade proper young ladies from reading novels because they will damage their character, but the very fact that it is a novel itself shows how tongue-in-cheek the whole thing is. One of my favor [...]

    2. My first reaction to this was, "Wow, Dorcasina is an idiot." Then I realized what was going on to make her act the in the ridiculous ways she did and I had a better understanding of her and her situation. Writing done during this time period is not my favorite, and that also was part of the reason why I at first did not enjoy reading this, but once that can be overcome this is not too cumbersome or difficult.

    3. Dorcasina is a wealthy woman who reads many novels. Her reading habit has caused her to have an unrealistic expectation about romance and marriage. When a young man is hired as a servant in her home, she convinces herself that he is a gentleman in disguise and makes plans to marry him. When her friends, the Stanlys, find out, they put together a plan to get her away from this undesirable match.I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The characters were over the top and hilarious. T [...]

    4. Even though I know this book was limited by the time in which it was written and the opinion of women who read novels at that time, this book sort of sucked. It's the epitome of a ridiculously romantic woman (i.e. bored out of her mind) who is duped into believing she has a secret admirer who only intends to do her harm and make her look like a fool. Then, along the way, at every opportunity to learn something about herself or the world, she fails miserably. It's hard to believe it was written b [...]

    5. The story of Dorcasina is funny at first since she is always finding romance in men when the men are only interested in her for her wealth. However, after the fourth misunderstanding on her part in which she believes she has found 'true love' in a man who is duping her, the excitement and hilarity has died down and tampered into annoyance. A book that I would actually enjoy if not for the repetitive plot twists.Would recommend 5/10.

    6. Female Quixotism: Exhibited in the Romantic Opinions and Extravagant Adventures of Dorcasina Sheldon (Early American Women Writers) by Tabitha Gilman Tenney (1992)

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