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Desire and Domestic Fiction A Political History of the Novel

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ISBN-10: 0195061608

ISBN-13: 9780195061604

Edition: 1987 (Reprint)

Authors: Nancy Armstrong

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Desire and Domestic Fiction argues that far from being removed from historical events, novels by writers from Richardson to Woolf were themselves agents of the rise of the middle class. Drawing on texts that range from 18th-century female conduct books and contract theory to modern psychoanalytic case histories and theories of reading, Armstrong shows that the emergence of a particular form of female subjectivity capable of reigning over the household paved the way for the establishment of institutions which today are accepted centers of political power. Neither passive subjects nor embattled rebels, the middle-class women who were authors and subjects of the major tradition of British…    
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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/22/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.51" wide x 8.50" long x 0.77" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Nancy Armstrong is chair of the English department and Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Comparative Literature, English, Modern Culture and Media, and Gender Studies at Brown University. She is the author of several books including, Fiction in the Age of Photography: The Legacy of British Realismand Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel.

Introduction: The Politics of Domesticating Culture, Then and Now
The Rise of Female Authority in the Novel
The Logic of the Social Contract
The Logic of the Sexual Contract
The Sexual Contract as Narrative Paradigm
The Sexual Contract as Narrative Process
The Rise of the Domestic Woman
The Book of Class Sexuality
A Country House That is Not a Country House
Labor That is Not Labor
Economy That is Not Money
The Power of Feminization
The Rise of the Novel
The Battle of the Books
Strategies of Self-Production: Pamela
The Self Contained: Emma
History in the House of Culture
The Rhetoric of Violence: 1819
The Rhetoric of Disorder: 1832
The Politics of Domestic Fiction: 1848
Figures of Desire: The Brontes
Seduction and the Scene of Reading
The Woman's Museum: Jane Eyre
Modern Men: Shirley and the Fuegians
Modern Women: Dora and Mrs. Brown