Roxana - The Fortunate Mistress
Roxana - The Fortunate Mistress4,5 2 5 Scritto da: Daniel Defoe
The novel examines the possibility of eighteenth century women owning their own estate despite a patriarchal society, as with Roxanna's celebrated claim that 'the Marriage Contract is... nothing but giving up Liberty, Estate, Authority, and every-thing, to the Man'. The novel further draws attention to the incompatibility between sexual freedom and freedom from motherhood.
Published anonymously, and not attributed to Defoe till 1775, Roxana was nonetheless a popular hit in the eighteenth century.
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