Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels

Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 280 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780333694305
  • DDC分類 823.8093520431

Full Description

During the Victorian era, women who became mothers faced unprecedented, unrealistic, and even contradictory expectations from mainstream society. In Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels, Natalie McKnight analyzes the influence of cultural pressures on the fictional portrayals of mothers in the mid-Victorian time using a new historical and psychoanalytic approach. The novels of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Thackeray, and George Eliot are studied for their inclusion of mother characters who vary from the ambivalent to the monstrous, the angelic to the absent. McKnight reveals the influences and natures of characters who function more critically in mid-Victorian fiction than has previously been supposed.

Contents

Introduction to Suffering Mothers - Missing Mothers in Victorian Novels - Making Mother Suffer, and Other Fun in Dickens - Charlotte Bronte: Moving from Mother to Mother - Thackeray's Oxymoronic Mothers - Escaping Mother/Motherhood in George Eliot - Conclusion - Bibliography