Confessional Subjects: Revelations of Gender and Power in Victorian Literature and Culture

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 206 pages
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Susan Bernstein examines the gendered power relationships embedded in confessional literature of the Victorian period. Exploring this dynamic in Charlotte Bronta's Villette, Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret, George Eliot's Da
  

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Contents

theorizing Confession Gendering Confession
15
Histories and Fictions of Victorian Confession AntiCatholic Rhetoric and Villette
41
That Narrow Boundry Line Figures of Female Degeneracy and Lady Audleys Secret
73
The Bonds and Bondage of Gender and Race Paternal Metaphors of Confession in Daniel Deronda
105
The UnIntact State Tess of the dUrbervilles and Confessions of Sexual and Textual Violence
143
Notes
165
Bibliography
191
Index
199
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Susan David Bernstein is associate professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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