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Cover of Rewriting the Victorians

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

  • Published: 21 Aug 2012
  • DOI: 10.4324/9780203120446
  • Print ISBN: 9780415521734
  • eBook ISBN: 9780203120446

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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    Front Matter
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    Engendering History for The Middle Class: Sex and political economy in the Edinburgh Review By Judith Lowder Newton
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    From Trope to Code: The Novel and The Rhetoric of Gender in Nineteenth-Century Critical Discourse By Ina Ferris
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    Demonic Mothers: Ideologies of Bourgeois Motherhood in the Mid-Victorian Era By Sally Shuttleworth
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    Water Rights and the “Crossing O’ Breeds”: Chiastic Exchange in The Mill on the Floss By Jules Law
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    Tess, Tourism, and The Spectacle of the Woman By Jeff Nunokawa
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    “To Tell the Truth of Sex”: Confession and Abjection in Late Victorian Writing By Marion Shaw
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    Reading the Gothic Revival: “History” and Hints on Household Taste By Christina Crosby
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    Excluding Women: The Cult of the Male Genius in Victorian Painting By Susan P. Casteras
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    Of Maenads, Mothers, and Feminized Males: Victorian Readings of the French Revolution By Linda M. Shires
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    The “Female Paternalist” as Historian: Elizabeth Gaskell’s My Lady Ludlow By Christine L. Krueger
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    Back Matter