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Vulgar Question of Money Heiresses, Materialism, and the Novel of Manners from Jane Austen to Henry James

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ISBN-10: 142140964X

ISBN-13: 9781421409641

Edition: 2011

Authors: Elsie B. Michie

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It is a familiar story line in nineteenth-century English novels: a hero must choose between money and love, between the wealthy, materialistic, status-conscious woman who could enhance his social position and the poorer, altruistic, independent-minded woman whom he loves. Elsie B. Michie explains what this common marriage plot reveals about changing reactions to money in British culture.It was in the novel that writers found space to articulate the anxieties surrounding money that developed along with the rise of capitalism in nineteenth-century England. Michie focuses in particular on the character of the wealthy heiress and how she, unlike her male counterpart, represents the tensions in…    
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.98" long x 0.76" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Preface: Vulgarity, Wealth, and Gender
Introduction: Rich Woman/Poor Woman: An Anthropology of the Nineteenth-Century Marriage Plot
Social Distinction in Jane Austen
Frances Trollope and the Problem of Appetite
Anthony Trollope's "Subtle Materialism"
Margaret Oliphant and the Professional Ideal
Henry James and the End(s) of the Marriage Plot
Afterword: From Pemberley to Manderley