Penelope Aubin

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  • Marina Filgueira Figueira

Penelope Aubin is one of the eighteenth-century female writers whose works have become known in the ongoing process of revision of the literary canon. She belongs to the group of women writers who, in the 1720s, experimented with a new genre which would eventually become the English novel. Her contribution to the emergence of the novel in the eighteenth century is one of the most important and most forgotten aspects of her literary figure throughout these years. The role played by her narratives during this period has not been as widely studied as that of Eliza Haywood or her other female contemporaries such as Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Delarivier Manley and Jane Barker, and hardly anything is known about Aubin’s life. The little …

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Filgueira Figueira, Marina. "Penelope Aubin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 April 2005
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