Avuncularism: Capitalism, Patriarchy, and Nineteenth-Century English Culture

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"Eileen Cleere has given us a curious, intriguing, impressively researched, agreeably written, and exhaustive argument for the importance of "uncle" in nineteenth-century England..."—Victorian Studies
“This book is an innovative reconsideration of what patriarchy means and how it works in the Victorian context. By use of richly detailed readings and an exhaustive familiarity with the primary texts, Cleere literally gives new meaning to the word ‘avuncular.’” —Robyn R. Warhol,University of Vermont
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"Eileen Cleere has given us a curious, intriguing, impressively researched, agreeably written, and exhaustive argument for the importance of "uncle" in nineteenth-century England..."—Victorian Studies
“This book is an innovative reconsideration of what patriarchy means and how it works in the Victorian context. By use of richly detailed readings and an exhaustive familiarity with the primary texts, Cleere literally gives new meaning to the word ‘avuncular.’” —Robyn R. Warhol,University of Vermont
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"Eileen Cleere has given us a curious, intriguing, impressively researched, agreeably written, and exhaustive argument for the importance of "uncle" in nineteenth-century England..."—Victorian Studies

"This book is an innovative reconsideration of what patriarchy means and how it works in the Victorian context. By use of richly detailed readings and an exhaustive familiarity with the primary texts, Cleere literally gives new meaning to the word 'avuncular.'" —Robyn R. Warhol,University of Vermont

"Cleere makes judicious use of psychoanalytic theory, combined with economic theory, close readings, and well-grounded historical research to offer an insightful and broad commentary on the period." —Joseph W. Childers,University of California, Riverside

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  • ISBN-13: 9780804750257
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Eileen Cleere is Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : life without father - uncles in history, theory, and literature 1
1 Home trading : Mansfield Park and the economics of endogamy 33
2 Reproduction and Malthusian economics : fat, fertility, and family planning in Adam Bede 76
3 In Loco Parentis : Dickensian uncles and the Victorian pawnshop 109
4 Turning bones into spoons : Jews, pawnbrokers, and Daniel Deronda 144
5 "Send the letters, uncle John" : trollope, penny-postage reform, and the domestication of empire 171
Conclusion : home trading redux : universal brotherhood and the redemption of uncle 205
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