Eliza Haywood was one of the most prolific English writers in the Age of the Enlightenment. Her career, from Love in Excess (1719) to her last completed project The Invisible Spy (1755) spanned the gamut of genres: novels, plays, advice manuals, periodicals, propaganda, satire, and translations. Haywood’s importance in the development of the novel is now well-known.
A Spy on Eliza Haywood links this with her work in the other genres in which she published at least one volume a year throughout her life, demonstrating how she contributed substantially to making women’s writing a locus of debate that had to be taken seriously by contemporary readers, as well as now by current scholars of political, moral, and social enquiries into the eighteenth century.
Haywood’s work is essential to the study of eighteenth-century literature and this collection of essays continues the growing scholarship on this most important of women writers.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Spying on Eliza Haywood
Aleksondra Hultquist and Chris Mounsey
1 Eliza Haywood and the Deluded Heroine Plot
2 "The shame would be wholly hers": Negotiating Gendered Shame and Desire in Eliza Haywood’s Love in Excess and The Masqueraders
KRISTIN M. DISTEL
3 "The Air of Clock-work": The Amatory Machine of Masculinity in Eliza Haywood’s Fiction
MARY BETH HARRIS
4 Eliza Haywood and Captivity
5 "I will also give a Copy": Eliza Haywood and the Developing Authority of Print
6 Eliza Haywood: A Life in the Theatre
7 Eliza Haywood, Alexander Pope and George of Hanover: Satire and the Telephoto Lens
8 Eliza Haywood, Francis Hutcheson, and the Stoic Heritage: Calming the Vehement Passions in The Female Spectator
CHANCE DAVID PAHL
9 Translation and Empire in Haywood’s La Belle Assemblée
10 "I have such a Piece of News for you": Serving Gossip at Haywood’s The Tea-Table
BETHANY E. QUALLS
11 Having it Both Ways: Bigamy and the Marriage Act in Eliza Haywood’s The Life of Madam de Villesache SHEA STUART
12 Haywood in Holland: Translating the Passions in the French and Dutch Translation of Idalia; or the Unfortunate Mistress
ALEKSONDRA HULTQUIST is an Associate Professor of Critical Thinking at Stockton University.
CHRIS MOUNSEY is Professor of Eighteenth-Century English Literature at the University of Winchester.