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Scenes of reading : transforming romance in Brontë, Eliot, and Woolf

Author: Nancy Cervetti
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1998.
Series: Writing about women, vol. 24.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book combines biography, literature, and cultural and feminist theory to examine the radical critiques of patriarchy performed by Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf in Jane Eyre, Villette, The Mill on the Floss, The Voyage Out, and Orlando.
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Cervetti, Nancy, 1947-
Scenes of reading.
New York : P. Lang, ©1998
(OCoLC)606461777
Online version:
Cervetti, Nancy, 1947-
Scenes of reading.
New York : P. Lang, ©1998
(OCoLC)607120259
Named Person: Charlotte Brontë; George Eliot; Virginia Woolf; Charlotte Brontë; George Eliot; Virginia Woolf; Charlotte Brontë; George Eliot; Virginia Woolf; Charlotte Brontë; George Eliot; Virginia Woolf
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Cervetti
ISBN: 0820438057 9780820438054
OCLC Number: 36746330
Description: xii, 173 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Women and the Novel --
1. The German Connection in George Eliot --
2. Reading Maggie Reading --
3. Voice and Visibility in Charlotte Bronte --
4. Lucy Snowe and the Politics of Location --
5. Virginia Woolf In Her Father's Library --
6. Rachel's Voyage Out --
7. In the Breeches, Petticoats and Pleasures of Orlando.
Series Title: Writing about women, vol. 24.
Responsibility: Nancy Cervetti.

Abstract:

This book combines biography, literature, and cultural and feminist theory to examine the radical critiques of patriarchy performed by Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf in Jane Eyre, Villette, The Mill on the Floss, The Voyage Out, and Orlando.

The book's focus is how these novels revise the romance plot, abandoning this ancient and very political story line and creating in its place a much larger imaginary field in which female heroines as well as their readers can consider and experiment with other possibilities.

Strikingly different from the swooning beauties of traditional romance, Jane Eyre, Lucy Snowe, Maggie Tulliver, Rachel Vinrace, and Orlando share a love of language and desire for intellectual expression that takes precedence over marriage and motherhood.

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