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A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb
     

A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb

by Aaron, Jane Aaron
 

ISBN-10: 0198128908

ISBN-13: 9780198128908

Pub. Date: 03/28/1989

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

In 1796 when Mary Lamb, in a sudden attack of violent frenzy, killed her mother, her brother Charles took her care upon himself, thus sparing her from incarceration in Bedlam. For the next thirty years, they lived and wrote together. Informed by feminist and psychoanalytic literary theory, this study provides an entirely new perspective on the lives and writings of

Overview

In 1796 when Mary Lamb, in a sudden attack of violent frenzy, killed her mother, her brother Charles took her care upon himself, thus sparing her from incarceration in Bedlam. For the next thirty years, they lived and wrote together. Informed by feminist and psychoanalytic literary theory, this study provides an entirely new perspective on the lives and writings of the Lambs. Aaron argues that their ideological inheritance as the children of servants, their work experience as clerk and needlewoman, and the role played by madness and matricide in their lives resulted in writings that were at variance with the spirit of their age. Aaron focuses particularly on how the intensity of their sibling relationship led, in Charles's writings, to texts stylistically and thematically opposed to the masculinist stance currently considered characteristic of Romantic writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198128908
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.63(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsx
Introduction1
1.Rank and Gender20
2.Work and Time51
3.'We are in a manner marked'97
4.A Modern Electra115
5.'The impertinence of manhood'133
6.'Bridget and I should be ever playing'167
Bibliography208
Index215

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