Promising Language: Betrothal in Victorian Law and Fictionby Randall Craig
Pub. Date: 12/01/1999
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Promising Language explores the linguistic and social ramifications of promising, and specifically promising to marry, in Victorian fiction. The concept of the promiseas speech act, as social/i>
Argues that Victorian legal, linguistic, and cultural attitudes toward promises--especially promises to marry--had a formative effect on novels of the period.
Promising Language explores the linguistic and social ramifications of promising, and specifically promising to marry, in Victorian fiction. The concept of the promiseas speech act, as social practice and legal contract, and as structural principle and toposlies at the intersection of several emergent nineteenth-century discourses: the science of language (notably etymology and philology), utilitarian jurisprudence (especially the freedom of contract applied to personal relations), and the aesthetics of the novel (predominantly realism). With this in mind, Craig offers new readings of several classic Victorian novels, including Pickwick Papers, Jane Eyre, Adam Bede, The Egoist, and The Wings of the Dove.
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Table of Contents
Foreword: Cross Your Fingers ...
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Promising: Language/Narrative/Law
1. Language and the Victorians
2. Victorian Promises
3. Legal Fictions: Narrating Breach of Promise
4. Engaging Lies in Jane Eyre
5. Right Speaking in Adam Bede
6. Promising Marriage in The Egoist
7. Questioning Rhetoric in Can You Forgive Her?
8. Dying Promises in The Wings of the Dove
Afterword: Cross Your Heart ...
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