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Fanny is a novel of ideas as well as an exuberant recreation of eighteenthcentury picaresque style. Like the young protagonists of fiction written during the Age of Reason, Fanny searches for the meaning of life. She speculates irreverently on philosophical systems which consider only the behavior of men towards one another and notices the gap between the Alexander Pope's elevated sentiments and his personal lechery. The book's feminist themes are expressed by shifting perception so that the matter of human life is filtered through a woman's consciousness. Since Fanny notices that her own behavior changes when (for the sake of protection) she wears men's clothes and the book's most satisfactory male characters are bisexual, the story implicitly endorses an androgynous ideal and a social system in which neither sex has dominion.

The book's second major theme is its rehabilitation...

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