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Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England and France

Narrating Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England and France [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317090667
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In the eighteenth century, when the definition of marriage was shifting from one based on an hierarchical model to one based on notions of love and mutuality, marital life came under a more intense cultural scrutiny. This led to paradoxical forms of representation of marriage as simultaneously ideal and unlivable. Chris Roulston analyzes how, as representations of married life increased, they challenged the traditional courtship model, offering narratives based on repetition rather than progression. Beginning with English and French marital advice literature, which appropriated novelistic conventions at the same time that it cautioned readers about the dangers of novel reading, she looks at representations of ideal marriages in Pamela II and The New Heloise. Moving on from these ideal domestic spaces, bourgeois marriage is then problematized by the discourse of empire in Sir George Ellison and Letters of Mistress Henley, by troublesome wives in works by Richardson and Samuel de Constant, and by abusive husbands in works by Haywood, Edgeworth, Genlis and Restif de la Bretonne. Finally, the alternative marriage narrative, in which the adultery motif is incorporated into the marriage itself, redefines the function of heteronormativity. In exploring the theoretical issues that arise during this transitional period for married life and the marriage plot, Roulston expands the debates around the evolution of the modern couple.

After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century

After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319600982
Author: Jenny DiPlacidi,Karl Leydecker
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After Marriage in the Long Eighteenth Century by Jenny DiPlacidi,Karl Leydecker Book Resume:

This book examines the intersections between the ways that marriage was represented in eighteenth-century writing and art, experienced in society, and regulated by law. The interdisciplinary and comparative essays explore the marital experience beyond the ‘matrimonial barrier’ to encompass representations of married life including issues of spousal abuse, parenting, incest, infidelity and the period after the end of marriage, to include annulment, widowhood and divorce. The chapters range from these focuses on legal and social histories of marriage to treatments of marriage in eighteenth-century periodicals, to depictions of married couples and families in eighteenth-century art, to parallels in French literature and diaries, to representations of violence and marriage in Gothic novels, and to surveys of same-sex partnerships. The volume is aimed towards students and scholars working in the long eighteenth century, gender studies, women’s writing, publishing history, and art and legal historians.

Narrating Friendship and the British Novel, 1760-1830

Narrating Friendship and the British Novel, 1760-1830 [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317132602
Author: Katrin Berndt
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Narrating Friendship and the British Novel, 1760-1830 by Katrin Berndt Book Resume:

Friendship has always been a universal category of human relationships and an influential motif in literature, but it is rarely discussed as a theme in its own right. In her study of how friendship gives direction and shape to new ideas and novel strategies of plot, character formation, and style in the British novel from the 1760s to the 1830s, Katrin Berndt argues that friendship functions as a literary expression of philosophical values in a genre that explores the psychology and the interactions of the individual in modern society. In the literary historical period in which the novel became established as a modern genre, friend characters were omnipresent, reflecting enlightenment philosophy’s definition of friendship as a bond that civilized public and private interactions and was considered essential for the attainment of happiness. Berndt’s analyses of genre-defining novels by Frances Brooke, Mary Shelley, Sarah Scott, Helen Maria Williams, Charlotte Lennox, Walter Scott, Jane Austen, and Maria Edgeworth show that the significance of friendship and the increasing variety of novelistic forms and topics represent an overlooked dynamic in the novel’s literary history. Contributing to our understanding of the complex interplay of philosophical, socio-cultural and literary discourses that shaped British fiction in the later Hanoverian decades, Berndt’s book demonstrates that novels have conceived the modern individual not in opposition to, but in interaction with society, continuing Enlightenment debates about how to share the lives and the experiences of others.

Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317122054
Author: Ana de Freitas Boe,Abby Coykendall
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Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture by Ana de Freitas Boe,Abby Coykendall Book Resume:

The resurgence of marriage as a transnational institution, same-sex or otherwise, draws upon as much as it departs from enlightenment ideologies of sex, gender, and sexuality which this collection aims to investigate, interrogate, and conceptualize anew. Coming to terms with heteronormativity is imperative for appreciating the literature and culture of the eighteenth century writ large, as well as the myriad imaginaries of sex and sexuality that the period bequeaths to the present. This collection foregrounds British, European, and, to a lesser extent, transatlantic heteronormativities in order to pose vital if vexing questions about the degree of continuity subsisting between heteronormativities of the past and present, questions compounded by the aura of transhistoricity lying at the heart of heteronormativity as an ideology. Contributors attend to the fissures and failures of heteronormativity even as they stress the resilience of its hegemony: reconfiguring our sense of how gender and sexuality came to be mapped onto space; how public and private spheres were carved up, or gendered and sexual bodies socially sanctioned; and finally how literary traditions, scholarly criticisms, and pedagogical practices have served to buttress or contest the legacy of heteronormativity.

Goody Two-Shoes and other 18th-century British stories

Goody Two-Shoes and other 18th-century British stories [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1988963133
Author: Henry M Wallace
Publisher: Universitas Press
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Goody Two-Shoes and other 18th-century British stories by Henry M Wallace Book Resume:

Short stories, as this anthology demonstrates, can help just as much, if not more, than novels and poems, to get a sense of the 18th century. They feature the same adventures of the body, the mind, or the soul that one finds in Robinson Crusoe, Pamela, or Tristram Shandy. The first collection of its kind: forty-seven 18th-century British short stories, some of which have never before been anthologized, in an annotated and illustrated edition.

Marriage and Revolution

Marriage and Revolution [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0191612391
Author: Siân Reynolds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Marriage and Revolution is a double biography of Jean-Marie Roland (1734-1793) and Marie-Jeanne Phlipon, later Madame Roland (1754-1793), leading figures in the French Revolution. J.-M. Roland was minister of the Interior for a total of eight months during 1792. The couple were close to Brissot and the Girondins, and both died during the Terror. Mme Roland became famous for her posthumous prison memoirs and is the subject of many biographies, but her husband, despite being a key figure in administration of France, seldom out of the limelight during his time in office, is often marginalized in histories of the Revolution. Siân Reynolds examines the Roland marriage from its beginnings in an ancien régime mésalliance, opposed by both families, through its close cooperation in the 1780s, to its final phase as a political partnership during the Revolution. Both Roland's actions as minister and Mme Roland's role as a woman close to power were praised and blamed at the time, and the controversies have persisted. Based on manuscript sources including many unpublished letters, Marriage and Revolution sets out to examine an unusually companionate marriage over the long term: its intimacy, parenthood, everyday life in the provinces, friendships, academic cooperation, political enthusiasms and quarrels, and finally its dramatic ending during the Revolution.

Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3319538357
Author: Jenifer Buckley
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Gender, Pregnancy and Power in Eighteenth-Century Literature by Jenifer Buckley Book Resume:

This book reveals the cultural significance of the pregnant woman by examining major eighteenth-century debates concerning separate spheres, man-midwifery, performance, marriage, the body, education, and creative imagination. Exploring medical, economic, moral, and literary ramifications, this book engages critically with the notion that a pregnant woman could alter the development of her foetus with the power of her thoughts and feelings. Eighteenth-century authors sought urgently to define, understand and control the concept of maternal imagination as they responded to and provoked fundamental questions about female intellect and the relationship between mind and body. Interrogating the multiple models of maternal imagination both separately and as a holistic set of socio-cultural components, the author uncovers the discourse of maternal imagination across eighteenth-century drama, popular print, medical texts, poetry and novels. This overdue rehabilitation of the pregnant woman in literature is essential reading for scholars of the eighteenth century, gender and literary history.

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1350103209
Author: Edward Behrend-Martínez
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment by Edward Behrend-Martínez Book Resume:

Could an institution as sacred and traditional as marriage undergo a revolution? Some people living during the so-called Age of Enlightenment thought so. By marrying for that selfish, personal emotion of love rather than to serve religious or family interests, to serve political demands or the demands of the pocketbook, a few but growing number of people revolutionized matrimony around the end of the eighteenth century. Marriage went from being a sacred state, instituted by the Church and involving everyone to – for a few intrepid people – a secular contract, a deal struck between two individuals based entirely on their mutual love and affection. Few would claim today that love is not the cornerstone of modern marriage. The easiest argument in favor of any marriage today, no matter how star-crossed the individuals, is that the couple is deeply and hopelessly in love with one another. But that was not always so clear. Before the eighteenth century very few couples united simply because they shared a mutual attraction and affection for one another. Yet only a century later most people would come to believe that mutual love and even attraction were necessary for any marriage to succeed. A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment explores the ways that new ideas, cultural ideals, and economic changes, big and small, reshaped matrimony into the institution that it is today, allowing love to become the ultimate essential ingredient for modern marriages. A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment presents an overview of the period with essays on Courtship and Ritual; Religion, State and Law; Kinship and Social Networks; the Family Economy; Love and Sex; the Breaking of Vows; and Representations of Marriage.

The Afterlife of Anne Boleyn

The Afterlife of Anne Boleyn [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3030586138
Author: Stephanie Russo
Publisher: Springer Nature
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The Afterlife of Anne Boleyn by Stephanie Russo Book Resume:

This book explores 500 years of poetry, drama, novels, television and films about Anne Boleyn. Hundreds of writers across the centuries have been drawn to reimagine the story of her rise and fall. The Afterlife of Anne Boleyn tells the story of centuries of these shifting and often contradictory ways of understanding the narrative of Henry VIII’s most infamous queen. Since her execution on 19 May 1536, Anne’s life and body has been a site upon which competing religious, political and sexual ideologies have been inscribed; a practice that continues to this day. From the poetry of Thomas Wyatt to the songs of the hit pop musical Six, The Afterlife of Anne Boleyn takes as its central contention the belief that the mythology that surrounds Anne Boleyn is as interesting, revealing, and surprising as the woman herself.

The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Secularization of Ethics

The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Secularization of Ethics [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1409476057
Author: Dr Carol Stewart
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
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The Eighteenth-Century Novel and the Secularization of Ethics by Dr Carol Stewart Book Resume:

Linking the decline in Church authority in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries with the increasing respectability of fiction, Carol Stewart provides a new perspective on the rise of the novel. The resulting readings of novels by authors such as Samuel Richardson, Sarah Fielding, Frances Sheridan, Charlotte Lennox, Tobias Smollett, Laurence Sterne, William Godwin, and Jane Austen trace the translation of ethical debate into secular and gendered terms. Stewart argues that the seventeenth-century debate about ethics that divided Latitudinarians and Calvinists found its way into novels of the eighteenth century. Her book explores the growing belief that novels could do the work of moral reform more effectively than the Anglican Church, with attention to related developments, including the promulgation of Anglican ethics in novels as a response to challenges to Anglican practice and authority. An increasingly legitimate genre, she argues, offered a forum both for investigating the situation of women and challenging patriarchal authority, and for challenging the dominant political ideology.

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Empires

A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Empires [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1350179744
Author: Paul Puschmann
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Empires by Paul Puschmann Book Resume:

This volume looks at how, during the age of empires (1800–1900), marriage was a key transition in the life course worldwide, a rite of passage everywhere with major cultural significance. While in some ways the institution of marriage became threatened – for instance through rising divorce rates in Western societies – in others it became more anchored than ever before. In Western Europe marriage was increasingly regarded as the only way to reach happiness and self-fulfillment, and romantic partner choice became a new ideal, but material interests remained nevertheless guiding principles in the selection of a partner for life. In the United States former slaves obtained the right to marry and to formalize existing bonds after the Civil War, leading to a convergence in marriage patterns between the black and white population. In Latin America, marriage was and remained less common than in other world regions – due to the prevalence of consensual unions – but marriage rates were nevertheless on the rise. A similar trend was observed in Australia and New Zealand. In African and Asian societies, European colonial powers tried to change the marriage customs of indigenous populations-for instance regarding polygamy and arranged marriages-but sooner or later they had to adapt themselves and their colonial administrations in order to avoid major resistance. In a world of turbulent political and economic change, marriage and the family remained safe havens, the linchpins of society that they had been for centuries. A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Empires presents an overview of the period with essays on Courtship and Ritual; Religion, State and Law; Kinship and Social Networks; the Family Economy; Love and Sex; the Breaking of Vows; and Representations of Marriage.

Histories of Emotion

Histories of Emotion [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3110692465
Author: Rüdiger Schnell
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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Histories of Emotion by Rüdiger Schnell Book Resume:

This study addresses two desiderata of historical emotion research: reflecting on the interdependence of textual functions and the representation of emotions, and acknowledging the interdependence of studies on the premodern and modern periods in the history of emotion. Contemporary research on the history of emotion is characterised by a proliferation of studies on very different eras, authors, themes, texts, and aspects. The enthusiasm and confidence with which situations, actions, and interactions involving emotions in history are discovered, however, has led to overly direct attempts to access the represented objects (emotions/feelings/affects); as a result, too little attention has been paid to the conditions and functions of their representations. That is why this study engages with the emotion research of historians from an unashamedly philological perspective. Such an approach provides, among other things, insights into the varied, often contradictory, observations that can be made about the history of emotion in modernity and premodernity.

The Sexuality of History

The Sexuality of History [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 022618787X
Author: Susan S. Lanser
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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The Sexuality of History by Susan S. Lanser Book Resume:

The period of reform, revolution, and reaction that characterized seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe also witnessed an intensified interest in lesbians. In scientific treatises and orientalist travelogues, in French court gossip and Dutch court records, in passionate verse, in the rising novel, and in cross-dressed flirtations on the English and Spanish stage, poets, playwrights, philosophers, and physicians were placing sapphic relations before the public eye. In The Sexuality of History, Susan S. Lanser shows how intimacies between women became harbingers of the modern, bringing the sapphic into the mainstream of some of the most significant events in Western Europe. Ideas about female same-sex relations became a focal point for intellectual and cultural contests between authority and liberty, power and difference, desire and duty, mobility and change, order and governance. Lanser explores the ways in which a historically specific interest in lesbians intersected with, and stimulated, systemic concerns that would seem to have little to do with sexuality. Departing from the prevailing trend of queer reading whereby scholars ferret out hidden content in “closeted” texts, Lanser situates overtly erotic representations within wider spheres of interest. The Sexuality of History shows that just as we can understand sexuality by studying the past, so too can we understand the past by studying sexuality.

A Country Doctor in the French Revolution

A Country Doctor in the French Revolution [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1000576639
Author: Robert Weston
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A Country Doctor in the French Revolution by Robert Weston Book Resume:

This book will be of interest to those studying French medical and Revolutionary history. It traces the life of an early-modern rural French physician from childhood to death — how he worked as a physician for six years in North Africa (taking a particular interest in medical meteorology); sought to establish himself as a savant in the Republic of Letters by publishing texts and prize-winning essays; and, despite his bourgeois roots, took part in the siege of Toulon, became committed to the ideals of the French Revolution, and volunteered for the Revolutionary armée d’Italie, mainly working in military hospitals. It concludes with an account of his time practicing medicine in southwest France, where he also engaged in local politics, eventually being appointed to a mayoral position by Bonaparte.

Killing Hercules

Killing Hercules [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317109082
Author: Richard Rowland
Publisher: Routledge
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Killing Hercules by Richard Rowland Book Resume:

This book offers an entirely new reception history of the myth of Hercules and his wife/killer Deianira. The book poses, and attempts to answer, two important and related questions. First, why have artists across two millennia felt compelled to revisit this particular myth to express anxieties about violence at both a global and domestic level? Secondly, from the moment that Sophocles disrupted a myth about the definitive exemplar of masculinity and martial prowess and turned it into a story about domestic abuse, through to a 2014 production of Handel’s Hercules that was set in the context of the ‘war on terror’, the reception history of this myth has been one of discontinuity and conflict; how and why does each culture reinvent this narrative to address its own concerns and discontents, and how does each generation speak to, qualify or annihilate the certainties of its predecessors in order to understand, contain or exonerate the aggression with which their governors – of state and of the household – so often enforce their authority, and the violence to which their nations, and their homes, are perennially vulnerable?

The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe

The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317041046
Author: Jane Couchman
Publisher: Routledge
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The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe by Jane Couchman Book Resume:

Over the past three decades scholars have transformed the study of women and gender in early modern Europe. This Ashgate Research Companion presents an authoritative review of the current research on women and gender in early modern Europe from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The authors examine women’s lives, ideologies of gender, and the differences between ideology and reality through the recent research across many disciplines, including history, literary studies, art history, musicology, history of science and medicine, and religious studies. The book is intended as a resource for scholars and students of Europe in the early modern period, for those who are just beginning to explore these issues and this time period, as well as for scholars learning about aspects of the field in which they are not yet an expert. The companion offers not only a comprehensive examination of the current research on women in early modern Europe, but will act as a spark for new research in the field.

Telling the Flesh

Telling the Flesh [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0773597417
Author: Sonja Boon
Publisher: McGill-Queen\'s Press - MQUP
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Telling the Flesh by Sonja Boon Book Resume:

In the second half of the eighteenth century, celebrated Swiss physician Samuel Auguste Tissot (1728-1797) received over 1,200 medical consultation letters from across Europe and beyond. Written by individuals seeking respite from a range of ailments, these letters offer valuable insight into the nature of physical suffering. Plaintive, desperate, querulous, fearful, frustrated, and sometimes arrogant and self-interested in tone, the letters to Tissot not only express the struggle of individuals to understand the body and its workings, but also reveal the close connections between embodiment and politics. Through the process of writing letters to describe their ailments, the correspondents created textual versions of themselves, articulating identities shaped by their physical experiences. Using these identities and experiences as examples, Sonja Boon argues that the complaints voiced in the letters were intimately linked to broader social and political discourses of citizenship in the late eighteenth century, a period beset with concerns about depopulation, moral depravity, and corporeal excess, and organized around intricate rules of propriety. Contributing to the fields of literary criticism, history, gender and sexuality studies, and history of medicine, Telling the Flesh establishes a compelling argument about the connections between health, politics, and identity.

Public Vows

Public Vows [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813942438
Author: Melissa J. Ganz
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
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Public Vows by Melissa J. Ganz Book Resume:

In eighteenth-century England, the institution of marriage became the subject of heated debates, as clerics, jurists, legislators, philosophers, and social observers began rethinking its contractual foundation. Public Vows argues that these debates shaped English fiction in crucial and previously unrecognized ways and that novels, in turn, played a central role in the debates. Like many legal and social thinkers of their day, novelists such as Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney, Eliza Fenwick, and Amelia Opie imagine marriage as a public institution subject to regulation by church and state rather than a private agreement between two free individuals. Through recurring scenes of infidelity, fraud, and coercion as well as experiments with narrative form, these writers show the practical and ethical problems that result when couples attempt to establish and dissolve unions simply by exchanging consent. Even as novelists seek to shore up the legal regulation of marriage, however, they contest the specific forms that these regulations take. In recovering novelists’ engagements with the nuptial controversies of the Enlightenment, Public Vows challenges longstanding accounts of domestic fiction as contributing to sharp divisions between public and private life and as supporting the traditional, patriarchal family. At the same time, the book counters received views of law and literature, highlighting fiction’s often simultaneous affirmations and critiques of legal authority.

Sade's Sensibilities

Sade's Sensibilities [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1611486475
Author: Kate Parker,Norbert Sclippa
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
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Sade's Sensibilities by Kate Parker,Norbert Sclippa Book Resume:

Sade’s Sensibilities examines a new and different Sade: one engaged with broader currents of Enlightenment feeling. In this volume, we recapture a historical Sade alongside a contemporary portrait of Sade as the consummate radical of the eighteenth century.

Essays in Defence of the Female Sex

Essays in Defence of the Female Sex [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443864846
Author: Manuela D’Amore,Michèle Lardy
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Essays in Defence of the Female Sex by Manuela D’Amore,Michèle Lardy Book Resume:

Letters, diaries, memoirs, conduct books and early feminist pamphlets: Essays in Defence of the Female Sex: Custom, Education, and Authority in Seventeenth-Century England is a two-part, text-based volume on the pivotal figures and most distinctive, sometimes contradictory, aspects of the querelle des femmes in Stuart England. Background information is given through male and especially female-authored sources, while the close analysis of [Hanna Woolley]’s, Bathsua Makin’s, Marry Astell’s, Judith Drake’s and Eugenia’s most renowned tracts sheds light on women’s difficult path towards emancipation. Addressed to both specialist and non-specialist readers, Essays in Defence of the Female Sex will also explain why–and to what extent–early feminist pamphleteering combined theory with practice, tradition with innovation, reality with utopia.

Conclusion of the Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph

Conclusion of the Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1770484388
Author: Frances Sheridan
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Conclusion of the Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph by Frances Sheridan Book Resume:

In 1761, Frances Sheridan published her novel The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph, which became a popular and widely praised example of the sentimental novel. The Conclusion, that novel’s sequel, is set eight years later, after Sidney Bidulph’s marriage and motherhood. Psychologically subtle and emotionally immediate, the novel is told almost entirely in the form of letters. Many of the letters are between the scheming Sophy and Edward Audley, who are trying to trick Sidney’s daughter into marriage with Edward; these letters provide a startlingly realistic portrayal of villainy, anticipating such later works as Les Liaisons Dangereuses. The historical appendices include documents on the education of young adults in the eighteenth century and contemporary reviews of the novel.

The Mentelles

The Mentelles [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0813175402
Author: Randolph Paul Runyon
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
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The Mentelles by Randolph Paul Runyon Book Resume:

Though they were not, as Charlotte claimed, refugees from the French Revolution, Augustus Waldemar and Charlotte Victoire Mentelle undoubtedly felt like exiles in their adopted hometown of Lexington, Kentucky -- a settlement that was still a frontier town when they arrived in 1798. Through the years, the cultured Parisian couple often reinvented themselves out of necessity, but their most famous venture was Mentelle's for Young Ladies, an intellectually rigorous school that attracted students from around the region and greatly influenced its most well-known pupil, Mary Todd Lincoln. Drawing on newly translated materials and previously overlooked primary sources, Randolph Paul Runyon explores the life and times of the important but understudied pair in this intriguing dual biography. He illustrates how the Mentelles' origins and education gave them access to the higher strata of Bluegrass society even as their views on religion, politics, and culture kept them from feeling at home in America. They were intimates of statesman Henry Clay, and one of their daughters married into the Clay family, but like other immigrant families in the region, they struggled to survive. Throughout, Runyon reveals the Mentelles as eloquent chroniclers of crucial moments in Ohio and Kentucky history, from the turn of the nineteenth century to the eve of the Civil War. They rankled at the baleful influence of conservative religion on the local college, the influence of whiskey on the local population, and the scandal of slavery in the land of liberty. This study sheds new light on the lives of a remarkable pair who not only bore witness to key events in early American history, but also had a singular impact on the lives of their friends, their students, and their community.

Intimacy and Family in Early American Writing

Intimacy and Family in Early American Writing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137404086
Author: E. Burleigh
Publisher: Springer
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Intimacy and Family in Early American Writing by E. Burleigh Book Resume:

Through the prism of intimacy, Burleigh sheds light on eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century American texts. This insightful study shows how the trope of the family recurred to produce contradictory images - both intimately familiar and frighteningly alienating - through which Americans responded to upheavals in their cultural landscape.

Sterne, Tristram, Yorick

Sterne, Tristram, Yorick [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1611495717
Author: Melvyn New,Peter de Voogd,Judith Hawley
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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Sterne, Tristram, Yorick by Melvyn New,Peter de Voogd,Judith Hawley Book Resume:

These thirteen essays represent a very wide range of approaches to the fictions of Laurence Sterne, who has certainly evolved into the eighteenth century's most important influence on modern and postmodern literature. While each essay centers on his written texts or his lived contexts, they together offer homage to his endurance as an author emulated by many modern writers—Nietzsche, Proust, Woolf, Joyce, Mann, Marías, Goytisolo, Fuentes, Rushdie, and Pamuk; indeed, what important writer in the past 150 years has not been influenced by Sterne?

Errors and Reconciliations

Errors and Reconciliations [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351770462
Author: Anaclara Castro-Santana
Publisher: Routledge
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Errors and Reconciliations by Anaclara Castro-Santana Book Resume:

Henry Fielding is most well-known for his monumental novel Tom Jones. Though not necessarily common knowledge, Henry Fielding started his literary career as a dramatist and eventually transitioned to writing novels. Though vastly different in their approach and subject, there is a common thread in Fielding’s work that spanned his career: marriage. Errors and Reconciliations: Marriage in the Plays and Novels of Henry Fielding explores this theme, focusing on Fielding’s fascination with matrimony and the ever-present paradoxical nature of marriage in the first half of the eighteenth-century, as a state easily attained but nearly impossible to escape.

Einzelbild & Narrativität

Einzelbild & Narrativität [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3869624027
Author: Andreas Veits,Lukas R.A. Wilde,Klaus Sachs-Hombach
Publisher: Herbert von Halem Verlag
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Einzelbild & Narrativität by Andreas Veits,Lukas R.A. Wilde,Klaus Sachs-Hombach Book Resume:

nsbesondere im Medien- und Informationszeitalter der Gegenwart kommt piktorialen Repräsentationen eine wichtige Bedeutung zu. Tagtäglich rezipieren Menschen bewusst oder unbewusst eine Vielzahl bildlicher Darstellungen. Der vorliegende Band fokussiert dabei unbewegte monoszenische Bildtypen, die – anders als etwa Comics, Bildfolgen, pluriszenische Bilder oder verschiedenste Bewegtbildmedien – gerade keine multiplen, aufeinander bezogenen Situationen oder Szenen darstellen. Stattdessen interessieren sich die Autor_innen des Bandes für piktoriale Artefakte, die spezifische Handlungsmomente hervorheben, sich aber gleichwohl als ausschnittartige Darstellung einer möglichen Welt, einer 'Diegese' deuten lassen. Zu denken wäre bei diesem Bildtyp nicht nur an 'kanonische' Kunstwerke, sondern auch an Bilder aus Werbung und Stock-Fotografie, an social media-memes, an politische Karikaturen und Cartoons oder auch an stark gebrauchsorientiertes piktoriales Informationsdesign. Inhaltlich umfassen die Fragestellungen primär rezeptionsseitige Aspekte einer 'Narrativierung', teilweise auch eher werkbezogene Aspekte des narrativen Potenzials. Hierbei werden narratologische Ansätze und Begrifflichkeiten auf ihre Anschlussstellen zu den zahlreichen bildtheoretischen Teildisziplinen befragt (etwa Phänomenologie und Semiotik, Medienwissenschaft oder transmediale Narratologie). Ausgehend von einem gemeinsamen, weithin bekannten Bildbeispiel des Künstlers Banksy evaluieren die Beiträge damit auch narratologische Annahmen zur Narrativität in neuer Weise. Gleichzeitig fragen sie, welche medienspezifischen Repräsentationsformen Einzelbilder nutzen (können), um ein 'intrinsisches Erzählpotenzial' zu erzeugen. Dieses ist intrinsisch, wenn es sich unabhängig von den existierenden Prätexten ergibt, auf die durch piktoriale Darstellungsmittel Bezug genommen wird. Einzelbild & Narrativität: Theorien, Zugänge, offene Fragen bietet damit neue Perspektiven auf · die Eigenschaft(en) der Narrativität: Anschlüsse; Revisionen; Erweiterungen bestehender (transmedialer) Definitionen, · den Vorgang der narrativen Interpretation (Voraussetzungen, Prozesshaftigkeit, psychologische oder kognitionswissenschaftliche Verortung), · piktoriale Darstellungsmodi und ihr narratives Potenzial (Wahrnehmungspsychologie, Bildsemiotik, Bild-Philosophie) sowie auf · die Erklärungskraft und die 'narratologischen Potenziale' bestehender bildtheoretischer Zugänge und Prämissen.

Developments in the Histories of Sexualities

Developments in the Histories of Sexualities [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1611485010
Author: Chris Mounsey
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
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Developments in the Histories of Sexualities by Chris Mounsey Book Resume:

Developments in the Histories of Sexualities: In Search of the Normal,1600-1800 explores the oppositions created by the official exclusion of banned sexual practices and the resistance to that exclusion through widespread acceptance of those outlawed practices at an interpersonal level.

Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1136182373
Author: Jolene Zigarovich
Publisher: Routledge
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Sex and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature by Jolene Zigarovich Book Resume:

This book discusses sex and death in the eighteenth-century, an era that among other forms produced the Gothic novel, commencing the prolific examination of the century’s shifting attitudes toward death and uncovering literary moments in which sexuality and death often conjoined. By bringing together various viewpoints and historical relations, the volume contributes to an emerging field of study and provides new perspectives on the ways in which the century approached an increasingly modern sense of sexuality and mortality. It not only provides part of the needed discussion of the relationship between sex, death, history, and eighteenth-century culture, but is a forum in which the ideas of several well-respected critics converge, producing a breadth of knowledge and a diversity of perspectives and methodologies previously unseen. As the contributors demonstrate, eighteenth-century anxieties over mortality, the body, the soul, and the corpse inspired many writers of the time to both implicitly and explicitly embed mortality and sexuality within their works. By depicting the necrophilic tendencies of libertines and rapacious villains, the fetishizing of death and mourning by virtuous heroines, or the fantasy of preserving the body, these authors demonstrate not only the tragic results of sexual play, but the persistent fantasy of necro-erotica. This book shows that within the eighteenth-century culture of profound modern change, underworkings of death and mourning are often eroticized; that sex is often equated with death (as punishment, or loss of the self); and that the sex-death dialectic lies at the discursive center of normative conceptions of gender, desire, and social power.

Age and Identity in Eighteenth-Century England

Age and Identity in Eighteenth-Century England [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317319729
Author: Helen Yallop
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Age and Identity in Eighteenth-Century England by Helen Yallop Book Resume:

Yallop looks at how people in eighteenth-century England understood and dealt with growing older. Though no word for ‘aging’ existed at this time, a person’s age was a significant aspect of their identity.

Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century

Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1317130308
Author: Brenda Tooley
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Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century by Brenda Tooley Book Resume:

Focusing on eighteenth-century constructions of symbolic femininity and eighteenth-century women's writing in relation to contemporary utopian discourse, this volume adjusts our understanding of the utopia of the Enlightenment, placing a unique emphasis on colonial utopias. These essays reflect on issues related to specific configurations of utopias and utopianism by considering in detail English and French texts by both women (Sarah Scott, Sarah Fielding, Isabelle de Charrière) and men (Paltock and Montesquieu). The contributors ask the following questions: In the influential discourses of eighteenth-century utopian writing, is there a place for 'woman,' and if so, what (or where) is it? How do 'women' disrupt, confirm, or ground the utopian projects within which these constructs occur? By posing questions about the inscription of gender in the context of eighteenth-century utopian writing, the contributors shed new light on the eighteenth-century legacies that continue to shape contemporary views of social and political progress.

The Politics of Custom in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction

The Politics of Custom in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0230111874
Author: S. Bowen
Publisher: Springer
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The Politics of Custom in Eighteenth-Century British Fiction by S. Bowen Book Resume:

This book argues that representations of popular culture in the eighteenth-century novel served as repositories of traditional social values and played a role in Britain's transition to an imperial state.

A Companion to the Eighteenth-Century English Novel and Culture

A Companion to the Eighteenth-Century English Novel and Culture [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1405154500
Author: Paula R. Backscheider,Catherine Ingrassia
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Companion to the Eighteenth-Century English Novel and Culture by Paula R. Backscheider,Catherine Ingrassia Book Resume:

A Companion to the Eighteenth-century Novel furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral contexts. An up-to-date resource for the study of the eighteenth-century novel Furnishes readers with a sophisticated vision of the eighteenth-century novel in its political, aesthetic, and moral context Foregrounds those topics of most historical and political relevance to the twenty-first century Explores formative influences on the eighteenth-century novel, its engagement with the major issues and philosophies of the period, and its lasting legacy Covers both traditional themes, such as narrative authority and print culture, and cutting-edge topics, such as globalization, nationhood, technology, and science Considers both canonical and non-canonical literature

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1119653061
Author: Richard Bradford,Madelena Gonzalez,Stephen Butler,James Ward,Kevin De Ornellas
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The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature by Richard Bradford,Madelena Gonzalez,Stephen Butler,James Ward,Kevin De Ornellas Book Resume:

THE WILEY BLACKWELL COMPANION TO CONTEMPORARY BRITISH AND IRISH LITERATURE An insightful guide to the exploration of modern British and Irish literature The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the world of new British and Irish writing. Including modern authors and poets from the 1960s through to the 21st century, the Companion provides a thorough overview of contemporary poetry, fiction, and drama by some of the most prominent and noteworthy writers. Seventy-three comprehensive chapters focus on individual authors as well as such topics as Englishness and identity, contemporary Science Fiction, Black writing in Britain, crime fiction, and the influence of globalization on British and Irish Literature. Written in four parts, The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature includes comprehensive examinations of individual authors, as well as a variety of themes that have come to define the contemporary period: ethnicity, gender, nationality, and more. A thorough guide to the main figures and concepts in contemporary literature from Britain and Ireland, this two-volume set: Includes studies of notable figures such as Seamus Heaney and Angela Carter, as well as more recently influential writers such as Zadie Smith and Sarah Waters. Covers topics such as LGBT fiction, androgyny in contemporary British Literature, and post-Troubles Northern Irish Fiction Features a broad range of writers and topics covered by distinguished academics Includes an analysis of the interplay between individual authors and the major themes of the day, and whether an examination of the latter enables us to appreciate the former. The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Literature provides essential reading for students as well as academics seeking to learn more about the history and future direction of contemporary British and Irish Literature.

Seeing Suffering in Women's Literature of the Romantic Era

Seeing Suffering in Women's Literature of the Romantic Era [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1351901338
Author: Elizabeth A. Dolan
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Seeing Suffering in Women's Literature of the Romantic Era by Elizabeth A. Dolan Book Resume:

Arguing that vision was the dominant mode for understanding suffering in the Romantic era, Elizabeth A. Dolan shows that Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Smith, and Mary Shelley experimented with aesthetic and scientific visual methods in order to expose the social structures underlying suffering. Dolan's exploration of illness, healing, and social justice in the writings of these three authors depends on two major questions: How do women writers' innovations in literary form make visible previously unseen suffering? And, how do women authors portray embodied vision to claim literary authority? Dolan's research encompasses a wide range of primary sources in science and medicine, including nosology, health travel, botany, and ophthalmology, allowing her to map the resonances and disjunctions between medical theory and literature. This in turn points towards a revisioning of enduring themes in Romanticism such as the figure of the Romantic poet, the relationship between the mind and nature, sensibility and sympathy, solitude and sociability, landscape aesthetics, the reform novel, and Romantic-era science. Dolan's book is distinguished by its deep engagement with several disciplines and genres, making it a key text for understanding Romanticism, the history of medicine, and the position of the woman writer during the period.

Queer People

Queer People [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780838756676
Author: Chris Mounsey,Caroline Gonda
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
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Queer People by Chris Mounsey,Caroline Gonda Book Resume:

Exploring canonical and non-canonical literature, scurrilous pamphlets and court cases, music, religion and politics, consumer culture and sexual subcultures, these essays concern the lives and representations of homosexuals in the long eighteenth century

Heroines and Local Girls

Heroines and Local Girls [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0812296362
Author: Pamela L. Cheek
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
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Heroines and Local Girls by Pamela L. Cheek Book Resume:

Over the course of the long eighteenth century, a network of some fifty women writers, working in French, English, Dutch, and German, staked out a lasting position in the European literary field. These writers were multilingual and lived for many years outside of their countries of origin, translated and borrowed from each others' works, attended literary circles and salons, and fashioned a transnational women's literature characterized by highly recognizable codes. Drawing on a literary geography of national types, women writers across Western Europe read, translated, wrote, and rewrote stories about exceptional young women, literary heroines who transcend the gendered destiny of their distinctive cultural and national contexts. These transcultural heroines struggle against the cultural constraints determining the sexualized fates of local girls. In Heroines and Local Girls, Pamela L. Cheek explores the rise of women's writing as a distinct, transnational category in Britain and Europe between 1650 and 1810. Starting with an account of a remarkable tea party that brought together Frances Burney, Sophie von La Roche, and Marie Elisabeth de La Fite in conversation about Stéphanie de Genlis, she excavates a complex community of European and British women authors. In chapters that incorporate history, network theory, and feminist literary history, she examines the century-and-a-half literary lineage connecting Madame de Maintenon to Mary Wollstonecraft, including Charlotte Lennox and Françoise de Graffigny and their radical responses to sexual violence. Neither simply a reaction to, nor collusion with, patriarchal and national literary forms but, rather, both, women's writing offered an invitation to group membership through a literary project of self-transformation. In so doing, argues Cheek, women's writing was the first modern literary category to capitalize transnationally on the virtue of identity, anticipating the global literary marketplace's segmentation of affinity-based reading publics, and continuing to define women's writing to this day.

Vicarious Narratives

Vicarious Narratives [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0192585908
Author: Jeanne M. Britton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Vicarious Narratives by Jeanne M. Britton Book Resume:

Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759) defines sympathy as a series of shifts in perspective by which one sees from a different point of view. British and French novels published over the following century redefine sympathy through narrative form—shifting perspectives or 'stories within stories' in which one character adopts the voice and perspective of another. Fiction follows Smith's emphasis on sympathy's shifting perspectives, but this formal echo coincides with a challenge. For Smith and other Enlightenment philosophers, the experience of sympathy relies on human resemblance. In novels, by contrast, characters who are separated by nationality, race, or species experience a version of sympathy that struggles to accommodate such differences. Encounters between these characters produce shifts in perspective or framed tales as one character sympathizes with another and begins to tell her story, echoing Smith's definition of sympathy in their form while challenging Enlightenment philosophy's insistence on human resemblance. Works of sentimental and gothic fiction published between 1750 and 1850 generate a novelistic version of sympathy by manipulating traditional narrative forms (epistolary fiction, embedded tales) and new publication practices (the anthology, the novelistic extract). Second-hand stories transform the vocal mobility, emotional immediacy, and multiple perspectives associated with the declining genre of epistolary fiction into the narrative levels and shifting speakers of nineteenth-century frame tales. Vicarious Narratives argues that fiction redefines sympathy as the struggle to overcome difference through the active engagement with narrative—by listening to, re-telling, and transcribing the stories of others.

Romantic Capabilities

Romantic Capabilities [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0192606913
Author: Mike Goode
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Romantic Capabilities by Mike Goode Book Resume:

Romantic Capabilities discusses the relationship between popular new media uses of literary texts. Devising and modelling an original critical methodology that bridges historicist literary criticism and reception studies with media studies and formalism, this volume contends that how a literary text behaves when it encounters new media reveals medial capabilities of the text that can transform how we understand its significance for the original historical context for which it was created. Following an introductory theoretical chapter that explains the book's unconventional approach to the archive, Romantic Capabilities analyzes significant popular "media behaviors" exhibited by three major Romantic British literary corpuses: the viral circulation of William Blake's pictures and proverbs across contemporary media, the gravitation of Victorian panorama painters and 3D photographers to Walter Scott's historical fictions, and the ongoing popular practice of writing fanfiction set in the worlds of Jane Austen's novels and their imaginary country estates. The result is a book that reveals Blake to be an important early theorist of viral media and the law, Scott's novels to be studies in vision that helped give rise to modern immersive media, and Austenian realism to be a mode of ecological design whose project fanfiction grasps and extends. It offers insight into the politics of virality, the dependence of immersion on a sense of frame, and the extent to which eighteenth-century landscape gardening anticipated Deleuzian ideas of the "virtual" by granting existence to reality's as-yet-unrealized capabilities.

Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London

Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0812203976
Author: Shannon McSheffrey
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
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Marriage, Sex, and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London by Shannon McSheffrey Book Resume:

Awarded honorable mention for the 2007 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize sponsored by the Canadian Historical Association How were marital and sexual relationships woven into the fabric of late medieval society, and what form did these relationships take? Using extensive documentary evidence from both the ecclesiastical court system and the records of city and royal government, as well as advice manuals, chronicles, moral tales, and liturgical texts, Shannon McSheffrey focuses her study on England's largest city in the second half of the fifteenth century. Marriage was a religious union—one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and imbued with deep spiritual significance—but the marital unit of husband and wife was also the fundamental domestic, social, political, and economic unit of medieval society. As such, marriage created political alliances at all levels, from the arena of international politics to local neighborhoods. Sexual relationships outside marriage were even more complicated. McSheffrey notes that medieval Londoners saw them as variously attributable to female seduction or to male lustfulness, as irrelevant or deeply damaging to society and to the body politic, as economically productive or wasteful of resources. Yet, like marriage, sexual relationships were also subject to control and influence from parents, relatives, neighbors, civic officials, parish priests, and ecclesiastical judges. Although by medieval canon law a marriage was irrevocable from the moment a man and a woman exchanged vows of consent before two witnesses, in practice marriage was usually a socially complicated process involving many people. McSheffrey looks more broadly at sex, governance, and civic morality to show how medieval patriarchy extended a far wider reach than a father's governance over his biological offspring. By focusing on a particular time and place, she not only elucidates the culture of England's metropolitan center but also contributes generally to our understanding of the social mechanisms through which premodern European people negotiated their lives.

A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel

A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0470757558
Author: Francis O'Gorman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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A Concise Companion to the Victorian Novel by Francis O'Gorman Book Resume:

This volume presents fresh approaches to classic Victorian fiction from 1830-1900. Opens up for the reader the cultural world in which the Victorian novel was written and read. Crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries. Provides fresh perspectives on how Victorian fiction relates to different contexts, such as class, sexuality, empire, psychology, law and biology.