Language of Gender and Class: Transformation in the Victorian Novel / Edition 1

Language of Gender and Class: Transformation in the Victorian Novel / Edition 1

by Patricia Ingham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415082226

ISBN-13: 9780415082228

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Language of Gender and Class challenges widely-held assumptions about the study of the Victorian novel. Lucid, multilayered and cogently argued, this volume will provoke debate and encourage students and scholars to rethink their views on ninteenth-century literature.
Examining six novels, Patricia Ingham demonstrates that none of the writers, male

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The Language of Gender and Class challenges widely-held assumptions about the study of the Victorian novel. Lucid, multilayered and cogently argued, this volume will provoke debate and encourage students and scholars to rethink their views on ninteenth-century literature.
Examining six novels, Patricia Ingham demonstrates that none of the writers, male or female, easily accept stereotypes of gender and class. The classic figures of Angel and Whore are reassessed and modified. And the result, argues Ingham, is that the treatment of gender by the late nineteenth century is released from its task of containing neutralising class conflict. New accounts of feminity can begin to emerge. The novels which Ingham studies are:

Shirley by Charlotter Bronte

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Felix Holt by George Eliot

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

The Unclassed by George Gissing

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415082228
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on references
1The Representation of Society in the Early Nineteenth Century1
2The Interlocked Coding of Class and Gender20
3Shirley31
4North and South55
5Hard Times78
6Changes in the Representation of Class in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century102
7Felix Holt113
8The Unclassed137
9Jude the Obscure160
Bibliography183
Index190

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