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Sisters : relation and rescue in nineteenth-century British novels and paintings

Author: Michael Cohen
Publisher: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Author Michael Cohen has found in nineteenth-century British paintings and novels depicting sisters a persistent attempt to subvert a stereotypical construction of women - that which neatly divides all women into either whores or "respectable" women. In many paintings and novels, a female transformation of heroic myth opposes the "necessary whore" of this construction with an attempt to erase the sexual difference
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Cohen, Michael, 1943-
Sisters.
Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, ©1995
(OCoLC)624391511
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Cohen
ISBN: 0838635555 9780838635551
OCLC Number: 30076933
Description: 187 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: 1. Defining Sisters: Augustus Egg's The Travelling Companions and the Grammar of Sisterhood --
2. Demythologizing Reynolds: Painting Modern-Life Sisters --
3. Painted Women and Unpainted Pictures: Secularizing the Imagery of Sisterhood --
4. Looking-Glass Arts: Connecting Paintings and Novels --
5. First Sisters in Ferrier, Austen, and Scott --
6. Sisters in the Perturbed Families of Dickens --
7. Looking-Glass Women: Rescue and Displacement in Collins --
8. Sisters, Sexual Difference, and the Underclass in Meredith's Rhoda Fleming (1865) --
9. Healthy Relations: Nursing Sisters in Gaskell's "Every-Day" Stories --
10. Reform and Rescue in Middlemarch (1872).
Responsibility: Michael Cohen.

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This book concerns nineteenth-century British paintings and novels concerning sisters, examining the way the works of Reynolds, Millais, Austen, Scott, Dickens, Gaskell, Eliot, and others use sisters  Read more...

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