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The end of domesticity : alienation from the family in Dickens, Eliot, and James

Author: Charles Hatten
Publisher: Newark : University of Delaware Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The End of Domesticity, Charles Hatten offers a provocative theory for this seminal shift which even now shapes literary depictions of the family. Discussing works by Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Henry James, Hatten shows how these major writers anticipate the modernist preoccupation with domestic alienation while responding to their own historical context of changes in, and controversies about, gender  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Charles Dickens; George Eliot; Henry James; Charles Dickens; George Eliot; Henry James
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Hatten
ISBN: 9780874130751 0874130751 1611491312 9781611491319
OCLC Number: 319868514
Description: 316 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: the end of domesticity --
Disciplining the family in Barnaby Rudge and Dombey and son : Dickens's professionalization of fiction --
David Copperfield and after : Dickens and the impasse of domesticity --
The crisis of community and the historicization of the feminine in The mill on the floss --
Marital alienation, national destiny, and the novel of spiritual malaise in Daniel Deronda --
The smashed window : Henry James, the fin de siècle, and the prostitution of love and art in The wings of the dove --
Afterword : modernism and the alienation of the domestic.
Responsibility: Charles Hatten.

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Offers a theory for the replacement of the sentimental image of the home in Victorian fiction, by the emphasis in modernist fiction on dysfunctional families and domestic alienation. Discussing works  Read more...

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What is most important about Hatten's and Hager's studies is that they offer new ways of thinking about marital and familial failure in domestic fiction. Victorian Studies

 
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