WorldCat Identities

Mourão, Manuela

Works: 4 works in 13 publications in 1 language and 299 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Historical fiction  Novels 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR4002, 809.39352204
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Manuela Mourão
Altered habits : reconsidering the nun in fiction by Manuela Mourão( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book has been paid attention to the stereotypes of nuns in stories and fiction from the Early-Modern times through twerntieth centuries. After focussing on the figuring of the nun as evil abbesses and naïve victims, heartbroken nuns in romantic fiction, the author challenges the stereotypes in her last chapter
Jack Sheppard by William Harrison Ainsworth( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In London Labour and the London Poor (1861) Henry Mayhew wrote, "Of all books, perhaps none has ever had so baneful effect upon the young mind, taste, and principles" as Jack Sheppard. An historical novel based on the exploits of John Sheppard, a thief who was executed in 1724, Jack Sheppard was blamed for inciting working-class crime and vagrancy for decades after its 1839 publication. The fast-paced narrative of Sheppard's repeated prison escapes and his struggles against the evil thief-catcher Jonathan Wild was immensely popular, as well as controversial, in its own time, and is now available for the first time in a fully annotated edition." "This Broadview edition includes the original George Cruikshank illustrations, as well as a rich selection of contemporary reviews of the novel and material on the historical Jack Sheppard, Victorian urban street culture, and the novel's popular theatrical adaptations."--Jacket
Nuns' stories, nuns' voices by Manuela Mourão( )

4 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nuns' ambiguous position within patriarchy makes them particularly interesting subjects for a feminist study on power, resistance and representation. This work starts out by putting the concept of nun into historical perspective and by analyzing the act of becoming a nun as a particular practice of womanhood. Chapter I looks at female religious communities and analyzes their ideological meaning, i.e., their importance as separate female spaces. It considers different historical representations of nuns and convents and emphasizes the gap between the way nuns and convents are represented by patriarchal historical texts and the way they are reinterpreted by feminist historians as they take into account female subjectivity. Chapter II looks at the concept of nun created by fictional representations in France and in England from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century. A survey of the novels about nuns demonstrates that the negative stereotypes resulting from misogyny and anti-clerical impulses--namely the nun as a wanton woman and the convent as a whorehouse, or the nun as a heart-broken lover and the convent as a prison--prevailed and informed the public's perceptions. It is only when, after Vatican II, nuns themselves appropriate the power of representation and start writing about themselves that a different concept of nun reaches the public. Chapter III compares exoteric and esoteric representations and emphasizes the impulse to resist patriarchal oppression behind nuns' autobiographies. Chapter IV engages in revising the literary stereotypes. A rereading of the traditional interpretations of Les Lettres Portugaises (1669), Diderot's La Religieuse (1760) and Muriel Spark's The Abbess of Crewe (1974) underscores the role of the convent as a potentially powerful space for subverting patriarchal rule and analyzes the different strategies that the different nuns use in order to undermine phallogocentrism
Wordsworth's The Prelude : critical tradition and beyond by Manuela Mourão( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.59 (from 0.50 for Wordsworth ... to 0.72 for Nuns' stor ...)

Altered habits : reconsidering the nun in fiction
English (13)

Jack Sheppard