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The Victorian woman question in contemporary feminist fiction [Elektronisk resurs] / Jeannette King.

King, Jeannette. (författare)
ISBN 9780230503571
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005
Engelska 224 p.
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  • Acknowledgements Introduction PART 1: WHAT IS A WOMAN? VICTORIAN CONSTRUCTIONS OF FEMININITY Religious Prescriptions and Cultural Reflections The Biological Sciences An Unhealthy Mind in an Unhealthy Body? Evolutionary Theory and the Social Sciences Entering the Gender Debate PART 2: THE DARWINIAN MOMENT: THE WOMAN THAT NEVER EVOLVED Separate Species and Separate Spheres: Andrea Barrett, The Voyage of the Naywhal 1855-1856 Darwin and Romantic Love: A.S. Byatt, Morpho Eugenia PART 3: 'CRIMINALS, IDIOTS, WOMEN AND MINORS': DEVIANT MINDS IN DEVIANT BODIES Madwoman or Bad Woman? Margaret Attwood, Alias Grace Criminal Influence: Sarah Waters, Affinity PART 4: SUBVERSIVE SPIRITS: SPIRITIUALISM AND FEMALE DESIRE 'Power Words': Victoria Glendinning, Electricity Gender and Poetry: A.S. Byatt, The Conjugial Angel Spiritualism, Psychology and History: Michele Roberts, In the Red Kitchen PART 5: DEGENERATION AND SEXUAL ANARCHY The Newly-born Woman: Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus Performing Gender: Sarah Waters, Tipping the Velvet PART 6: EVOLUTIONARY THOUGHT, GENDER AND RACE 'Ain't I a Woman?': Toni Morrison's Beloved Afterword Bibliography Index.
  • What is a woman? The Victorians clearly thought they knew the answer, since they had the benefit of religion, science and medicine to explain to them women's nature and role in life. Victorian science, in particular, provided an increasingly confident and all-embracing discourse that provided explanations for everything from the working of women's bodies and minds to their place in the social structure. The question continues to be debated today, in all disciplines, and this book contributes to that debate. Setting their novels in the Victorian period, some of the most respected and exciting writers in Britain and America (including Margaret Atwood, A. S. Byatt, Toni Morrison, Sarah Waters and Angela Carter) have engaged closely with the religious, scientific and literary discourses that attempted to define and imprison women. But in addition, they show a rich variety of fictional creations how women challenged the power of those discourse, and fought for the kind of sexual and professional freedom which continue to be central to feminism today. 
  • 'This is a substantial and thought-provoking book, with much to offer to readers interested in the history of ideas, as well as to those with a special interest in fiction' - Flora Alexander, Aberdeen University Review '...King has produced a comprehensively researched and thought-provoking account of recent historical novels by women, achieving the difficult balance of offering perceptive and original scholarly insight to academics and students while remaining accessible and interesting to the more general reader of novels...Her book leaves the reader with an enhanced appreciation of the intellectual and artistic ambitions of contemporary women writers.' - Pam Morris, Women: A Cultural Perspective 'Kind provides a lively, thought-provoking analysis of her topic. Her writing is clear and elegant, her arguments lucid and compelling.' - Wendy Jones Nakanishi, English Studies. 

Ämnesord

Gender studies: women.  (bicssc)
Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900.  (bicssc)
Literary studies: from c 1900 -.  (bicssc)
Literary essays.  (bicssc)
Society.  (eflch)

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