Images of the Woman Reader in Victorian British and American Fiction

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University Press of Florida, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 287 pages
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OC By comparing 'ideologies surrounding women and books' on both sides of the Atlantic, it offers new interpretations of canonical texts in a series of fascinating pairings of British and American texts. . . . The most original aspect of the book is its examination of the woman reader as she appeared in illustrations in popular novels and the way illustration functioned as OCya vehicle for illuminating issues of gender."
 

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Contents

George Cruikshank My Wife Is a Woman of Mind
2
Depictions of the Mind Traveler in Lewis Carrolls
7
Women Readers and Reading in Victorian Britain and America
17
Eastman Johnson BoPeep
25
James Gillray Tales of Wonder
33
Winslow Homer The New Novel
38
Charlotte
51
Thomas Bewick tailpiece to RazorBill
56
F O C Darley But Evangeline Knelt by His Bedside
166
E W Kemble Learning about Moses and the Bulrushers
169
Worth Brehm Then She Told Me about the Bad Place and I Said I
171
True Williams Aunt Polly Seeks Information
172
Hablot Knight Browne Traddles and I in Conference with the Misses Spenlow
175
Hablot Knight Browne The Momentous Interview
176
Howard Chandler Christy She Was a Woman Now
179
Henry Sandham She Spent Most of Her Time in the Library Reading Her Papas Big Books
180

Thomas Bewick tailpiece to BlackThroated Diver
57
Maggie Tulliver of George Eliots The Mill
79
G M Brighty Ducking a Witch
83
Gustave Flauberts Madame Bovary 1857
96
Jane Austens Mansfield Park 1814
117
illustrations of the woman reader
135
Hablot Knight Browne Uriah Persists in Hovering Near Us at the Dinner Party
144
Hablot Knight Browne A Stranger Calls to See Me
145
Hablot Knight Browne Our Housekeeping
147
Hablot Knight Browne The Shadow in the Little Parlour
149
George Cruikshank Rose Maylie and Oliver
150
Hablot Knight Browne Under the Plane Tree
151
E A But Fit with Their Tongues Fearful
154
Charlotte Harding Algy
155
Frank T Merrill They All Drew to the Fire Mother in the Big Chair with Beth to Her Feet
158
Jessie Willcox Smith They All Drew to the Fire
159
Jessie Willcox Smith A Rainy Day
161
Frank T Merrill Reading That Everlasting Belsham
163
Reginald B Birch The Villagers Did Not Stand in Awe of Her
165
Sir John Everett Millais The Angel of Light
182
Frank T Merrill Curling Herself Up in the Big Chair
184
Lewis Carroll chapter 1 headpiece Alices Adventures under Ground
190
Jo H Hatfield I Am Sitting by the Window in this Atrocious Nursery
194
Jo H Hatfield She Didnt Know I Was in the Room
195
What Is the Use of a Book? Becky Sharp as Revolutionary Reader
202
William Makepeace Thackeray pictorial capital for chapter 64 from Vanity Fair
203
William Makepeace Thackeray Rebeccas Farewell
207
William Makepeace Thackeray It Was the DeathWarrant
210
William Makepeace Thackeray Miss Sharp in Her Schoolroom
212
William Makepeace Thackeray She Took Up the BlackEdged Missive
214
William Makepeace Thackeray Becky in Lombard Street
218
William Makepeace Thackeray The Letter before Waterloo
221
William Makepeace Thackeray Lieutenant Osborne and His Ardent LoveLetters
223
Conclusion
225
Franz Robert Richard Brendamour In the Library
226
Bibliography
265
Index
279
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