Mistress of the House: Women of Property in the Victorian Novel

Mistress of the House: Women of Property in the Victorian Novel

by Tim Dolin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1859281842

ISBN-13: 9781859281840

Pub. Date: 12/01/1997

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

This exploration of gender and property ownership in eight important novels argues that property is a decisive undercurrent in narrative structures and modes, as well as an important gender signature in society and culture. Tim Dolin suggests that the formal development of nineteenth-century domestic fiction can only be understood in the context of changes in the

Overview

This exploration of gender and property ownership in eight important novels argues that property is a decisive undercurrent in narrative structures and modes, as well as an important gender signature in society and culture. Tim Dolin suggests that the formal development of nineteenth-century domestic fiction can only be understood in the context of changes in the theory and laws of property: indeed femininity and its representation cannot be considered separately from property relations and their reform. He presents original readings of novels in which a woman owns, acquires or loses property, focusing on exchanges between patriarchal cultural authority, the 'woman question' and narrative form, and on the place of domestic fiction in a culture in which property relations and gender relations are subject to radical review. Each chapter revolves around a representative text, but refers substantially to other material, both other novels and contemporary social, legal, political and feminist commentary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859281840
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Nineteenth Century Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.53(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Women, property and victorian fiction; A woman, and something more: Shirley; Cranford and its belongings; ‘He could get, but not keep': Villette; Crimes of property: The Moonstone; Hardy's uncovered women; Mistress of herself: Diana of the Crossways; Appendix 1: A brief summary of the laws concerning women (1854); Appendix 2: The Caroline Norton affair; Bibliography; Index.

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