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Book Title: Fantomina and Other Works|
The author of the book: Eliza Haywood
ISBN 13: 9781551115245
Edition: Broadview Press Inc
Date of issue: February 11th 2004
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Fantomina was written during a time of intense female suppression of sexuality and serves as a rebellion against these unfair stereotypes that had been blindly accepted for far too long.
The story of Fantomina describes a woman who knows exactly what she desires (mostly in a sexual sense) and makes it her mission to get it no matter what the consequences are. Many times throughout the story, the mysterious woman disregards any penalties that could come from her behavior. This woman was not about to deny her sexuality, even if it meant lying to everyone around her. The fact that she feels she needs to lie about her true wishes implies that during this time, a woman following her desires is not virtuous or of any quality.
There is a definite double standard that is very present throughout this story. Beauplaisir is never embarrassed or even worried about his reputation being at risk for sleeping with numerous “different” women. Yet, Fantomina is basically shunned for sleeping with one man. This unbalanced system is still going on in today’s society. Women who are noticeably promiscuous are labeled as “slutty” by men and women alike while men who do the exact same thing are considered “masculine” and looked up to by other males. Pretty interesting (and scary) that even such an old and obviously problematic belief is still alive and well today.
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Read information about the authorEliza Haywood (1693 – 25 February 1756), born Elizabeth Fowler, was an English writer, actress and publisher. Since the 1980s, Eliza Haywood’s literary works have been gaining in recognition and interest. Described as “prolific even by the standards of a prolific age” (Blouch, intro 7), Haywood wrote and published over seventy works during her lifetime including fiction, drama, translations, poetry, conduct literature and periodicals. Haywood is a significant figure of the 18th century as one of the important founders of the novel in English. Today she is studied primarily as a novelist.
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