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Dickens and the Daughter of the House

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521042635

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About the Authors
  • The daughter in Dickens' fiction is considered in this study not as an emblem of tranquil domesticity and the hearth-fire, but as a bearer of cultural values--and as a potentially disruptive force. As the good daughters in his novels (Little Nell, Agnes Wickfield, Esther Summerson, Amy Dorrit) must leave the father's house and enter the wider world, so they transform and rewrite the stories they are empowered to tell. The daughter's secret inheritance, her "portion," is to give Dickens a way of reading and writing his own culture differently.

    • Challenges the widespread opinion of critics that Dickens is unsympathetic to women, or incapable of creating complex or realistic female characters
    • Covers wide range of novels, with detailed readings illuminating them in an alternative way
    • Brings interesting insights into gender issues of Victorian England and how Dickens influenced them
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This is a significant and thought-provoking book." Dickens Quarterly

    "Hilary Schor's Dickens and the Daughter of the House reveals quite another side of Dickens the pretender, the man who writes and thinks like a woman, yet who often takes little delight in that masquerade, indeed who performs it solemnly and even with a certain sadness." Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521042635
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Making Fictions:
    1. The uncanny daughter: Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and the progress of Little Nell
    Part II. On Not Committing Adultery in the Novel:
    2. Dombey and Son: the daughter's nothing
    3. Hard Times and A Tale of Two Cities: the social inheritance of adultery
    Part III. The Daughter's Portion:
    4. Bleak House and the dead mother's property
    5. Amy Dorrit's prison notebooks
    Part IV. A Violent Conclusion:
    6. In the shadow of Satis House: the woman's story in Great Expectations
    7. Our Mutual Friend and the daughter's book of the dead

  • Author

    Hilary M. Schor, University of Southern California

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