Rewriting the Victorians: Theory, History, and the Politics of Gender

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Linda M. Shires
Routledge, Aug 21, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 4 pages
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This collection of essays, both feminist and historical, analyzes power relations between men and women in the Victorian period. This volume is the first to reshape Victorian studies from the perspective of the postmodern return to history, and is variously influenced by Marxism, sociology, anthropology, and post-structuralist theories of language and subjectivity. It analyzes the struggle for legitimacy and recognition in Victorian institutions and the struggle over meanings in ideological representation of the gendered subject in texts.

Contributors cover diverse topics, including Victorian ideologies of motherhood, the male gaze, the cult of the male child genius in narrative painting, the press, and Victorian women and the French Revolution, discussing both well-known and less familiar Victorian texts.

 

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Contents

sex and political economy in the Edinburgh Review Judith Newton
1
the novel and the rhetoric of gender in nineteenthcentury critical discourse Ina Ferris ...
18
ideologies of bourgeois motherhood in the midVictorian era Sally Shuttleworth
31
chiastic exchange in The Mill on the Floss Jules Law
52
Jeff Nunokawa
70
confession and abjection in late Victorian writing Marion Shaw
87
History and Hints on Household Tasre Christina Crosby
101
the cult of the male genius in Victorian painting Susan P Casteras
116
Victorian readings of the French Revolution Linda M Shires
147
Elizabeth Gaskells My Lady Ludlow Christine L Krueger
166
ideology and the subject as agent Linda M Shires
184
Index
191
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Linda M. Shires is Professor and Chair of the English Department at Stern College, Yeshiva University, New York.

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