Tag Archive: Eliza Haywood

Haywood, Fantomina, Sovay, and Babooshka: The Legacy of Disguising Oneself to Gain Information and Experience

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From the time women were able to write for a living, they were more than eager to rewrite the stereotypical women characters that men had been creating. However, authors like Eliza Haywood knew… Continue reading

18th Century Rape Vs. 21st Century Rape: There is No Winner

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‘Rape’ has become a common word in everyday vernacular here in the 21st century. While this is upsetting and not a lighthearted subject to breach, it should’ve been a more spoken term before… Continue reading

The Sexual Double Standard in the 18th Century Continues Today

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Men can’t be sluts. Sure, someone will occasionally call a guy a “dog,” but men simply aren’t judged like woman are when it comes to sexuality. -Jessica Valenti “If you have a vagina,… Continue reading

Agency and Liberation in Haywood’s Fantomina

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Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze takes a different approach to female agency namely in the method in which her protagonist attains her sense of freedom. By occupying various stages of… Continue reading

The Lesser of Two Evils: Fantomina’s World and Our Own

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When confronted with Eliza Haywood’s novel Fantomina, or really any other text dealing with women of antiquity, I imagine one reaction within the average modern reader is as follows: well, at least women have it better… Continue reading

Fantomina, or Life in a Maze: Navigating the Cultural Erasure Of Female Sexuality

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This painting was done by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in 1808, and visually exemplifies expectations of female passivity and domesticity spurred by eighteenth century cultural shifts. Some consider Eliza Haywood one of the more… Continue reading

The Mask of Love

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Eliza Haywood’s “Fantomina; Or, Love in a Maze” is a satirical piece on gender and society in the 18th Century. Haywood’s unnamed heroine is “a young lady of distinguished birth, beauty, wit and… Continue reading

Fantomina’s New World: Misogyny and Opportunity through Prostitution in 1700s England

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In her work Fantomina: or Love in a Maze, Eliza Haywood explores the misogyny and the atypical brand of freedom prostitution in 1700s England offered women. When Fantomina observes the “mistresses” in the… Continue reading

Lady Montagu’s Two Cautions and Fantomina by Eliza Haywood

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      In Britain during the 1700’s, women were expected to act a certain a way. They were taught from a young age that marriage was their only option and the idea… Continue reading

The Disguise of Love

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Eliza Haywood’s Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze, deals with the shenanigans of our female heroine’s (if one believes this the correct term for such a character) attempts to gain the love and… Continue reading

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