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Woman And The Demon / Edition 1
     

Woman And The Demon / Edition 1

by Nina Auerbach
 

ISBN-10: 0674954076

ISBN-13: 9780674954076

Pub. Date: 01/15/1984

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Here is a bold new vision of Victorianculture: a study of myths of womanhoodthat shatters the usual generalizationsabout the squeezed, crushed, and ego-less Victorian woman.

Through copious examples drawn fromliterature, art, and biography, Auerbachreconstructs three central paradigms:the angel/demon, the old maid, and thefallen woman. She shows how these

Overview

Here is a bold new vision of Victorianculture: a study of myths of womanhoodthat shatters the usual generalizationsabout the squeezed, crushed, and ego-less Victorian woman.

Through copious examples drawn fromliterature, art, and biography, Auerbachreconstructs three central paradigms:the angel/demon, the old maid, and thefallen woman. She shows how these animate a pervasive Victorian vision of amobile female outcast with divine anddemonic powers. Fear of such disruptive, self-creating figures, Auerbach argues, produces the approved ideal of thedutiful, family-bound woman. The awethey inspire associates them with characters in literature, the only vehicles ofimmortality in whom most Victorianscould unreservedly believe.

Auerbach looks at a wonderful variety ofsources: Svengali, Dracula, and Freud;poets and major and minor novelistsCarlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Ruskin;lives of women, great and unknown;Anglican sisterhoods and Magdalenhomes; bardolatry and the theater; Pre- Raphaelite paintings and contemporarycartoons and book illustrations. Reinterpreting a medley of fantasies, she demonstratesthat female powers inspired a vivid mythcentral to the spirit of the age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674954076
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/15/1984
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
0.57(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  1. The Myth of Womanhood: Victims
  2. The Myth of Womanhood: Queens
  3. Angels and Demons: Woman's Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  4. Old Maids and the Wish for Wings
  5. The Rise of the Fallen Woman
  6. Victorian Womanhood and Literary Character

  • Epilogue: The Death of Character and the Fight for Womanhood
  • Notes
  • Index

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