Vernon Lee: Aesthetics, History, and the Victorian Female Intellectual

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Ohio University Press, 2003 - Literary Collections - 213 pages
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The subject of renewed interest among literary and cultural scholars, Vernon Lee wrote more than 40 books, in a broad range of genres, including fiction, history, aesthetics and travel literature. Early on, Lee established her reputation as a public critic whose unconventional viewpoints stood out among those of her contemporaries. To feminist and cultural critics, she is a fascinating model of the independent female intellectual, who, as Desmond MacCarthy once put it, provides a rare combination of intellectual curiosity and imaginative sensibility.
 

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Contents

1 Life and Letters
1
2 History and the Female Voice
25
3 Between the Lines of Gender and Genre
60
4 Literary Form and Alternative Subjectivity
76
5 Miss Brown An Aesthetic Bildungsroman?
111
6 Vernon Lee and the Fantastic
140
Notes
169
Works Cited
195
Index
207
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Christa Zorn is an associate professor of English at Indiana University Southeast, New Albany.

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