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Angels and absences : child deaths in the nineteenth century

Author: Laurence Lerner
Publisher: Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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What is the difference between public and private feeling, and how far can we deduce past feelings from the words that have been left us? Why do child deaths figure so often and so prominently in the literature of the nineteenth century, and how was the theme of the death of a child used to elicit such poignant responses in the readers of that era? In this fascinating new book, Laurence Lerner vividly contrasts the  Read more...
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Lerner, Laurence.
Angels and absences.
Nashville : Vanderbilt University Press, 1997
(OCoLC)644104958
Named Person: Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence Lerner
ISBN: 0826512879 9780826512871
OCLC Number: 36284486
Description: xiii, 252 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Real deaths --
Strategies of consolation : the dead child in poetry --
The life and death of Paul Dombey, and other child deaths in Dickens --
Heaven claims its own : child death in nineteenth century fiction, and after --
Sentimentality : for and against.
Responsibility: Laurence Lerner.
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This is look at the portrayal of child deaths, actual and literary, throughout the 19th century, exploring the relationship between grief and words, experience and consolation.  Read more...

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