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Title The female marine and related works : narratives of cross-dressing and urban vice in America's early republic / edited with an introduction by Daniel A. Cohen.
Imprint Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, [1997]

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Subject Wright, N. Hill (Nathaniel Hill), 1787-1824 -- Authorship.
Coverly, Nathaniel, 1775?-1824.
American prose literature -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
American prose literature -- 1783-1850.
Women merchant mariners -- Fiction.
Popular literature -- New England.
City and town life -- Fiction.
Didactic fiction, American.
Women sailors -- Fiction.
Cross-dressers -- Fiction.
Prostitutes -- Fiction.
Narration (Rhetoric)
Literary form.
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Women -- Fiction.
Boston (Mass.) -- Fiction.
Alt Name Cohen, Daniel A.
Alternate Title Female marine.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 202 pages) : illustrations, map
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-193) and index.
Note Print version record.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Summary "This is the First Complete modern edition of The Female Marine, a fictional cross-dressing trilogy originally published between 1815 and 1818. Enormously popular among the New England readers, the tale in various versions appeared in no fewer than nineteen editions over that brief four-year span. This new edition appends three other contemporary accounts of cross-dressing and urban vice which, together with The Female Marine, provide a unique portrayal of prostitution and interracial city life in early-nineteenth-century America." "The alternately racy and moralistic narrative recounts the adventures of a young woman from rural Massachusetts who is seduced by a false-hearted lover, flees to Boston, and is entrapped in a brothel. She eventually escapes by disguising herself as a man and serves with distinction on board the U.S. frigate Constitution during the War of 1812. After subsequent onshore adventures in and out of male dress, she is happily married to a wealthy New York gentleman." "In his introduction, Daniel A. Cohen situates the story in both its literary and historical contexts. He explains how the tale draws upon a number of popular Anglo-American literary genres, including the female warrior narrative, the sentimental novel, and the urban expose. He then explores how The Female Marine reflects early-nineteenth-century anxieties concerning changing gender norms, the expansion of urban prostitution, the growth of Boston's African American community, and feelings of guilt aroused by New England's notoriously unpatriotic activities during the War of 1812"--Jacket.
Contents Editions of The female marine and related works -- The female marine -- Narrative of Lucy Brewer -- Continuation of the narrative of Lucy Brewer -- An awful beacon -- A brief reply to the late writings of Louisa Baker -- The surprising adventures of Almira Paul -- A brief account of ... The Boston Female Society for Missionary Purposes.
Note English.
ISBN 0585277281 (electronic bk.)
9780585277288 (electronic bk.)
1558491236 (cloth ; alk. paper)
1558491244 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9781558491236 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9781558491243 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 45731947
Additional Format Print version: Female marine and related works. Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©1997 1558491236 (DLC) 97020655 (OCoLC)36969731.
Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations 
 Editions of The Female Marine and Related Works47
 Note on the Texts in This Edition51
 The Female Marine57
 Pt. 1Narrative of Lucy Brewer61
 Pt. 2Continuation of the Narrative of Lucy Brewer81
 Pt. 3An Awful Beacon101
 A Brief Reply to the Late Writings of Louisa Baker133
 The Surprising Adventures of Almira Paul149
 A Brief Account of ... The Boston Female Society for Missionary Purposes165
 Text Notes187

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