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Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth
     

Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth

by Nina Auerbach
 

Here is a bold new vision of Victorian culture: a study of myths of womanhood that shatters the usual generalizations about the squeezed, crushed, and ego-less Victorian woman.

Through copious examples drawn from literature, art, and biography, Auerbach reconstructs three central paradigms:
the angel/demon, the old maid, and the fallen woman. She shows

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Here is a bold new vision of Victorian culture: a study of myths of womanhood that shatters the usual generalizations about the squeezed, crushed, and ego-less Victorian woman.

Through copious examples drawn from literature, art, and biography, Auerbach reconstructs three central paradigms:
the angel/demon, the old maid, and the fallen woman. She shows how these animate a pervasive Victorian vision of a mobile female outcast with divine and demonic powers. Fear of such disruptive, self-creating figures, Auerbach argues, produces the approved ideal of the dutiful, family-bound woman. The awe they inspire associates them with characters in literature, the only vehicles of immortality in whom most Victorians could unreservedly believe.

Auerbach looks at a wonderful variety of sources: Svengali, Dracula, and Freud;
poets and major and minor novelists Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Ruskin;
lives of women, great and unknown;
Anglican sisterhoods and Magdalen homes; bardolatry and the theater; Pre- Raphaelite paintings and contemporary cartoons and book illustrations. Reinterpreting a medley of fantasies, she demonstrates that female powers inspired a vivid myth central to the spirit of the age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674954069
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1982
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Nina Auerbach is Associate Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania.

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