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Fatherhood, authority, and British reading culture, 1831-1907

Author: Melissa Shields Jenkins
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2014.
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In analyzing the evolution of patriarchal authority in nineteenth-century culture, Melissa Shields Jenkins argues that Victorian novelists found new models within non-narrative forms such as conduct books, biography, religious manuals, political speeches and professional writing in the fields of history and science. Jenkins's book contributes to our understanding of the part played by fathers in the Victorian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Jenkins, Melissa Shields.
Fatherhood, authority, and British reading culture, 1831-1907
(DLC) 2013039390
(OCoLC)864676525
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa Shields Jenkins
ISBN: 9781472411624 1472411625
OCLC Number: 880147728
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: forms of paternal authority --
Traditional authority. Elizabeth Gaskell writes a father's life --
A father's conduct: George Meredith and the book-within-a-book --
Charismatic authority. "An attitude of decent reverence": Thackeray and the father at prayer --
"Lay hold of them by their fatherhood": George Eliot, persuasion, and abstraction --
Legal-rational authority. Samuel Butler at the museum --
"Preserve the shadow of the form": Hardy's Palimpsests --
Conclusion: the father as "type."
Responsibility: by Melissa Shields Jenkins.

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In analyzing the evolution of patriarchal authority in nineteenth-century culture, Melissa Shields Jenkins argues that Victorian novelists found new models within non-narrative forms such as conduct books, biography, religious manuals, political speeches and professional writing in the fields of history and science. Jenkins's book contributes to our understanding of the part played by fathers in the Victorian cultural imagination, and sheds new light on the structures underlying the Victorian novel.

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'This is a distinctly new kind of book on fatherhood: an innovative study of the troubled relations between real and fictional fathers and sons, and the extra-literary texts that shaped them. Read more...

 
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