Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine

Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine

Jane Austen and the Victorian Heroine approaches the relationship between Austen and the Victorians through the lens of the heroine— both the literary heroines found in the work of Austen and her successors and Austen herself as a ...

Author: Cheryl A. Wilson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319629650

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

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This book uses the figure of the Victorian heroine as a lens through which to examine Jane Austen’s presence in Victorian critical and popular writings. Aimed at Victorianist readers and scholars, the book focuses on the ways in which Austen was constructed in fiction, criticism, and biography over the course of the nineteenth century. For the Victorians, Austen became a kind of cultural shorthand, representing a distant, yet not too-distant, historical past that the Victorians both drew on and defined themselves against with regard to such topics as gender, literature, and national identity. Austen influenced the development of the Victorian literary heroine, and when cast as a heroine herself, was deployed in debates about the responsibilities of the novelist and the ability of fiction to shape social and cultural norms. Thus, the study is as much, if not more, about the Victorians than it is about Jane Austen.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Victorian Heroine

The Victorian Heroine

ABSTRACT THE VICTORIAN HEROINE : A PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDY By Karen Ann Butery The Victorian heroine has not only enchanted but also perplexed readers for a century . Primarily , it is her mimetic qualities - her . inconsistencies and ...

Author: Karen Ann Butery

Publisher:

ISBN: MSU:31293006717080

Category: English literature

Page: 778

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Categories: English literature

The Victorian Heroine

The Victorian Heroine

18 It would not be unfair to the Career Woman in the midVictorian novel to end with this sharply italicised note of ... requiring exceptional talent , had received the approval of novelists as worthy occupations for their heroines .

Author: Patricia Thomson

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: UCSC:32106005189458

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Categories: Literary Criticism

The Victorian Heroine

The Victorian Heroine

Author: Patricia Thomson

Publisher: Praeger

ISBN: STANFORD:36105002604549

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 178

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Categories: Literary Criticism

Social Identity and Literary Form in the Victorian Novel

Social Identity and Literary Form in the Victorian Novel

Of all the noble, reforming Victorian heroines, Margaret Hale may be the only one who possesses both charisma and a glaring personal flaw— her shameless class snobbery. As a plot device, this serves well, as it provides a concrete ...

Author: Jill Franks

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476646862

Category: History

Page: 281

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Enormous social changes during the Victorian era inspired some of the finest novels in the English language. In the final decades of the century, rigid application of gender rules and class hierarchies began to relax. Consciousness of the injustice of class- and gender-based discrimination was growing. Meanwhile, bias against nonwhite peoples was worsening. The British used scientific racism to justify their relentless expansion in Africa and Asia. Viewing Victorian literature through the lens of these social changes gives the modern reader a fresh way to interpret the novels and to appreciate their relevance to contemporary issues. Nineteenth-century novelists deployed realism, satire, and the bildungsroman to resist or support leading ideologies of their time, including the separate spheres doctrine and British supremacism. Each chapter is an elaboration of the author's university lectures about Victorian classics. The tone is scholarly yet conversational, directed to the undergraduate student as well as the general reader or Victoriaphile. The text presents concepts in interdisciplinary cultural studies, discusses the uses of genre for rhetorical and social purposes, and exposes paradoxes of the era. The coherent style, abundant examples, discussion questions, and literary glossary make this book a valuable supplement for readers of the Victorian novel.
Categories: History

The Victorian Bookshelf

The Victorian Bookshelf

As Elaine Showalter says,“The influence of Jane Eyre on Victorian heroines was felt to have been revolutionary. The post–Jane heroine, according to the periodicals, was plain, rebellious, and passionate; she was likely to be a governess ...

Author: Jess Nevins

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476665009

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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This introductory guide to the canon of Victorian literature covers 61 novels by authors from Jane Austen to Emile Zola. Brief critical essays describe what each book is about and argue for its cultural, historical and literary importance. Literary canons remain a subject of debate but critics, readers and students continue to find them useful as overviews--and examinations--of the great works within a given period or culture. The Victorian canon is particularly rich with splendid novels that educate, enlighten and entertain.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Heroines of Popular Culture

Heroines of Popular Culture

Victorian Life and Victorian Fiction : A Companion for the American Reader . Hamden : Archon , 1979 . Porter , Dennis . " Of Heroines and Victims . " Massachusetts Review 17 ( 1976 ) : 54052 . Praz , Mario . The Hero in Eclipse in ...

Author: Pat Browne

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879724099

Category: Social Science

Page: 184

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From life and literature come the heroines of this volume. The essays demonstrate that women can fit the role of hero as defined by Joseph Campbell: “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder, fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won, the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” Contributors to this volume cover a wide range of heroic women.
Categories: Social Science

The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel

The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel

... he seems to undercut his own attempts as he falls into sentimental stereotyping of the sweet Victorian heroine . In general , however , the influence of Hawthorne is mostly suggestive of a competitive admiration .

Author: Deirdre David

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521646197

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

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In this Companion, first published in 2000, specially-commissioned essays examine the social and cultural context of Victorian fiction.
Categories: Literary Criticism