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Family Matters in the British and American Novel

Family Matters in the British and American Novel Book
Author : Andrea O'Reilly Herrera,Elizabeth Mahn Nollen,Sheila Reitzel Foor
Publisher : Popular Press
Release : 1997
ISBN : 9780879727468
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Contributors examine the literature that challenges widely held assumptions about the form of the family, familial authority patterns, and the function of courtship, marriage, and family life from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Topics include: the family as a microcosm of the larger political sphere in Charlotte Smith, Jane West, Elizabeth Fenwick, Mrs. Opie, and Mary Shelley, and alternatives to the nuclear patriarchal family in Charlotte Bront�, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Mary Louisa Molesworth.

Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth Century British and American Novels

Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth Century British and American Novels Book
Author : Jennifer Camden
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-04-01
ISBN : 1317058488
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Taking up works by Samuel Richardson, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, and Catharine Maria Sedgwick, among others, Jennifer B. Camden examines the role of female characters who, while embodying the qualities associated with heroines, fail to achieve this status in the story. These "secondary heroines," often the friend or sister of the primary heroine, typically disappear from the action of the novel as the courtship plot progresses, only to return near the conclusion of the action with renewed demands on the reader's attention. Accounting for this persistent pattern, Camden suggests, reveals the cultural work performed by these unusual figures in the early history of the novel. Because she is often a far more vivid character than the heroine of the marriage plot, the secondary heroine inevitably engages the reader's interest in her plight. That the narrative apparently seeks to suppress her creates tension and points to the secondary heroine as a site of contested identity who represents an ideology of womanhood and nationhood at odds with the national ideals represented by the primary heroine, whom the reader is asked to embrace. In showing how the anxiety produced by these ideals is displaced onto the secondary heroine, Camden's study represents an important intervention into the ways in which early novels use character to further ideologies of race, class, sex, and gender.

Doing Family in Second Generation British Migration Literature

Doing Family in Second Generation British Migration Literature Book
Author : Corinna Assmann
Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release : 2018-09-24
ISBN : 3110605082
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Due to the large-scale global transformations of the 20th century, migration literature has become a vibrant genre over the last decades. In these novels, issues of transcultural identity and belonging naturally feature prominently. This study takes a closer look at the ways in which the idea of family informs processes of identity construction. It explores changing roles and meanings of the diasporic family as well as intergenerational family relations in a migration setting in order to identify the specific challenges, problems, and possibilities that arise in this context. This book builds on insights from different fields of family research (e.g. sociology, psychology, communication studies, memory studies) to provide a conceptual framework for the investigation of synchronic and diachronic family constellations and connections. The approach developed in this study not only sheds new light on contemporary British migration literature but can also prove fruitful for analyses of families in literature more generally. By highlighting the relevance and multifaceted nature of doing family, this study also offers new perspectives for transcultural memory studies.

Conversion and Reform in the British Novel in the 1790s

Conversion and Reform in the British Novel in the 1790s Book
Author : A. Markley
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2008-12-22
ISBN : 0230617859
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Conversion and Reform analyzes the work of those British reformists writing in the 1790s who reshaped the conventions of fiction to reposition the novel as a progressive political tool. Includes new readings of key figures such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Thomas Holcroft.

Fictive Fathers in the Contemporary American Novel

Fictive Fathers in the Contemporary American Novel Book
Author : Debra Shostak
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release : 2020-02-20
ISBN : 1501340050
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Fictive Fathers in the Contemporary American Novel explores the unstable construction of heteronormative white masculinity in the contemporary United States by focusing on relationships between fathers and their children. Debra Shostak reads the novels of 18 North American writers publishing in the late 20th and early 21st centuries as allegories of cultural conflict and change within the nuclear family; the authors considered include Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Jeffrey Eugenides, Jonathan Safran Foer, Jonathan Franzen, John Irving, Jonathan Lethem, Carole Maso, Bobbie Ann Mason, Cormac McCarthy, Claire Messud, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tim O'Brien, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, Mona Simpson, Jane Smiley, and Anne Tyler. These novelists portray father figures who, often literally or figuratively absent from the family scene, disrupt the familial order and their family members' identities. Shostak's close readings illuminate unexpectedly conservative, even subversive, ideological positions at the heart of these fictions. Fictive Fathers traces the eroding myth of paternal authority that sustained a patriarchal model within real American families and their literary representations.

The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel 1790 1814

The French Revolution Debate and the British Novel  1790 1814 Book
Author : Morgan Rooney
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2013
ISBN : 1611484766
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Through an examination of a representative body of nonfiction prose from the French Revolution debate and a variety of subgenres of the novel from the 1790-1814 period, this study traces the development of the discursive phenomenon it describes as “the struggle for history's authority” and the consequences thereof for the British novel.

Didactic Novels and British Women s Writing 1790 1820

Didactic Novels and British Women s Writing  1790 1820 Book
Author : Hilary Havens
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-11-03
ISBN : 1317242726
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Tracing the rise of conduct literature and the didactic novel over the course of the eighteenth century, this book explores how British women used the didactic novel genre to engage in political debate during and immediately after the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Although didactic novels were frequently conventional in structure, they provided a venue for women to uphold, to undermine, to interrogate, but most importantly, to write about acceptable social codes and values. The essays discuss the multifaceted ways in which didacticism and women’s writing were connected and demonstrate the reforming potential of this feminine and ostensibly constricting genre. Focusing on works by novelists from Jane West to Susan Ferrier, the collection argues that didactic novels within these decades were particularly feminine; that they were among the few acceptable ways by which women could participate in public political debate; and that they often blurred political and ideological boundaries. The first part addresses both conservative and radical texts of the 1790s to show their shared focus on institutional reform and indebtedness to Mary Wollstonecraft, despite their large ideological range. In the second part, the ideas of Hannah More influence the ways authors after the French revolution often linked the didactic with domestic improvement and national unity. The essays demonstrate the means by which the didactic genre works as a corrective not just on a personal and individual level, but at the political level through its focus on issues such as inheritance, slavery, the roles of women and children, the limits of the novel, and English and Scottish nationalism. This book offers a comprehensive and wide-ranging picture of how women with various ideological and educational foundations were involved in British political discourse during a time of radical partisanship and social change.

Written Maternal Authority and Eighteenth Century Education in Britain

Written Maternal Authority and Eighteenth Century Education in Britain Book
Author : Rebecca Davies
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2016-02-11
ISBN : 1134788711
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Examining writing for and about education in the period from 1740 to 1820, Rebecca Davies’s book plots the formation of a written paradigm of maternal education that associates maternity with educational authority. Examining novels, fiction for children, conduct literature and educative and political tracts by Samuel Richardson, Sarah Fielding, Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria Edgeworth, Ann Martin Taylor and Jane Austen, Davies identifies an authoritative feminine educational voice. She shows how the function of the discourse of maternal authority is modified in different genres, arguing that both the female writers and the fictional mothers adopt maternal authority and produce their own formulations of ideal educational methods. The location of idealised maternity for women, Davies proposes, is in the act of writing educational discourse rather than in the physical performance of the maternal role. Her book contextualizes the development of a written discourse of maternal education that emerged in the enlightenment period and explores the empowerment achieved by women writing within this discourse, albeit through a notion of authority that is circumscribed by the 'rules' of a discipline.

Children s Literature and British Identity

Children s Literature and British Identity Book
Author : Rebecca Knuth
Publisher : Scarecrow Press
Release : 2012
ISBN : 0810885166
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Children's Literature and British Identity: Imagining a People and a Nation is the story of the development of English children's literature, focusing on how stories inspire children to adhere to the values of society. Such English authors as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, and J.K. Rowling have entertained, inspired, confronted social wrongs, and transmitted cultural values—functions previously associated with folklore. Their stories form a new folklore tradition that grounds personal identity, provides social glue, and supports a love of England and English values. This book examines how this tradition came to fruition.

Fay Weldon Feminism and British Culture

Fay Weldon  Feminism  and British Culture Book
Author : Mara E. Reisman
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2018-10-15
ISBN : 1498581277
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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This book offers a critical analysis of British author Fay Weldon’s major novels from 1967 to the present and addresses how Weldon’s fiction engages with controversial moral and social issues. It provides an in-depth examination of the relationship between Weldon’s fiction and contemporary feminist, cultural, and literary movements in Britain.

The Nineteenth Century English Novel

The Nineteenth Century English Novel Book
Author : J. Kilroy
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2007-04-02
ISBN : 0230604358
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Through analysis of eight English novels of the Nineteenth century, this work explores the ways in which the novel contributes to the formation of ideology regarding the family, and, conversely, the ways in which changing attitudes toward the family shape and reshape the novel.

Thinking with the Familiar in Contemporary Literature and Culture Out of the Ordinary

Thinking with the Familiar in Contemporary Literature and Culture  Out of the Ordinary  Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : BRILL
Release : 2019-09-24
ISBN : 9004406743
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

What grows out of the ordinary? This volume focuses on that which has been regarded as ordinary and formulaic in literary and cultural phenomena and contests the hegemonic logic of revealing oppression and rebuilding liberation in contemporary critical theory.

A Study Guide for Anne Tyler s The Accidental Tourist

A Study Guide for Anne Tyler s  The Accidental Tourist  Book
Author : Gale, Cengage Learning
Publisher : Gale Cengage Learning
Release : 2016-07-12
ISBN : 1410339270
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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A Study Guide for Anne Tyler's "The Accidental Tourist," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Modes of Discipline

Modes of Discipline Book
Author : Lisa Wood
Publisher : Bucknell University Press
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780838755273
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Brings together British women writers who opposed what they figured as the poison of revolutionary thought, and who used the novel form in their search for a vehicle to carry a counterrevolutionary antidote. Reading Jane West, Hannah More, Elizabeth Hamilton, Mary Brunton, Laetitia Matilda Hawkins, and Jane Porter in relation to each other and to their antirevolutionary contemporaries, this study shows that they developed an alternative feminine (but not feminist) discourse within the broader context of conservative print culture.

The Foreign Woman in British Literature

The Foreign Woman in British Literature Book
Author : Marilyn Button,Toni Reed
Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
Release : 1999
ISBN : 0313309280
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Studies how British writers from the early 19th century to the mid 20th century have represented foreign women in literature.

Making home

Making home Book
Author : Maria Holmgren Troy,Elizabeth Kella,Helena Wahlstrom
Publisher : Manchester University Press
Release : 2016-05-16
ISBN : 1526111489
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

Making home explores the figure of the orphan child in a broad selection of contemporary US novels by popular and critically acclaimed authors Barbara Kingsolver, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Marilynne Robinson, Michael Cunningham, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Irving, Kaye Gibbons, Octavia Butler, Jewelle Gomez and Toni Morrison. The orphan child is a continuous presence in US literature, not only in children’s books and nineteenth-century texts, but also in a variety of genres of contemporary fiction for adults. Making home examines the meanings of this figure in the contexts of American literary history, social history and ideologies of family, race and nation. It argues that contemporary orphan characters function as links to literary history and national mythologies, even as they may also serve to critique the limits of literary history, as well as the limits of familial and national belonging.

Reading the Family Dance

Reading the Family Dance Book
Author : Art V. Gibney
Publisher : University of Delaware Press
Release : 2003
ISBN : 9780874138238
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

The development in recent years of the intersections between the family and literary study continues to emerge as one of the most productive and illuminating arenas of contemporary critique. In addition to addressing the family dynamic through which a given literary character develops a fully realized sense of self, family systems therapy allows readers to examine the patterns by which characters function in their larger intimate systems, whether those systems be social, institutional, or even global. As the intellectual foundation for the forms of therapy practiced by the majority of contemporary American and European psychotherapists, the study of family systems theory and its intersections with literary works affords readers with an illuminating glimpse into the terminology and processes involved in this dynamic form of critique. Perhaps most significantly, family systems therapy allows critics to consider the distinctly social interactions that characterise our pathways to interpersonal development and selfhood. John V. Knapp is Professor of English, with a joint appointment in modern literature and in teacher education, at Northern Illinois University. Kenneth Womack is Assist

Anti Jacobin Novels Part II

Anti Jacobin Novels  Part II Book
Author : W M Verhoeven,Claudia L Johnson,Philip Cox,Adriana Craciun,Richard Cronin
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017-09-29
ISBN : 1351223054
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

A selection of Anti-Jacobin novels reprinted in full with annotations. The set includes works by male and female writers holding a range of political positions within the Anti-Jacobin camp, and represents the French Revolution, American Revolution, Irish Rebellion and political unrest in Scotland.

Street Urchins Sociopaths and Degenerates

Street Urchins  Sociopaths and Degenerates Book
Author : David Floyd
Publisher : University of Wales Press
Release : 2014-02-15
ISBN : 178316011X
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

From the notable emergence of orphan figures in late eighteenth-century literature, through early- and middle-period Victorian fiction and, as this book argues, well into the fin de siecle, this potent literary type is remarkable for its consistent recurrence and its metamorphosis as a register of cultural conditions. The striking ubiquity of orphans in the literature of these periods encourages inquiry into their metaphoric implications and the manner in which they function as barometers of burgeoning social concerns. The overwhelming majority of criticism focusing on orphans centres particularly on the form as an early- to middle-century convention, primarily found in social and domestic works; in effect, the non-traditional, aberrant, at times Gothic orphan of the fin de siecle has been largely overlooked, if not denied outright. This oversight has given rise to the need for a study of this potent cultural figure as it pertains to preoccupations characteristic of more recent instances. This book examines the noticeable difference between orphans of genre fiction of the fin de siecle and their predecessors in works including first-wave Gothic and the majority of Victorian fiction, and the variance of their symbolic references and cultural implications.

Becoming John Updike

Becoming John Updike Book
Author : Laurence W. Mazzeno
Publisher : Camden House
Release : 2013
ISBN : 1571135111
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Book Description :

A study of the journalistic and academic reception of the writings of one of the great American writers of the late twentieth century.