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Plotting Women - Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth - and Nineteenth - Century British Novel

Case , Alison A.

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ISBN 10: 0813918952 / ISBN 13: 9780813918952
Editorial: University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville , VA & London, 1999
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STILL SEALED 1999 First Edition HARDCOVER book in original dust Jacket; BRAND NEW from 1999 publisher; Never opened, Never owned, Never marked. Still sealed in original publisher's shrink wrap ; you'll be the first to open it. Book size: 6" wide x 9" tall x 1" thick; weighs over 1-1/2 pounds. Author Alison A. Case, associate professor of English at Williams College, makes a fascinating study in this book of ' women's voices ' in English literature of the 18th and 19th century. A rich and interesting account of women's narrative authority in and among novels of this period; looks at Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa & the evolution through novels by Smollett, Scott, Charlotte Bronte, Browning & Barrett Browning, Dickens, Collins, and Stoker. In its broad focus on both men's and women's writing, this book charts the development of female voices across two centuries of British literature, reveals the way in which female voices are represented in language. A pleasure to read. " Plotting Women - Gender and Narration in the Eighteenth - and Nineteenth - Century British Novel " , by Alison A. Case ; 1999 Hardcover book in original DJ, still sealed, published by the University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville Virginia & London. *** Secure packing for Safe shipping , since 1965 *** Size: 6 x 9 x 1 ". N° de ref. de la librería 91034

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Título: Plotting Women - Gender and Narration in the...

Editorial: University of Virginia Press, Charlottesville , VA & London

Año de publicación: 1999

Encuadernación: Hard Cover in Dust Jacket

Condición del libro:New

Condición de la sobrecubierta: New

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Is there such a thing as a "woman's voice" in fiction? In the context of feminist criticism, this question is far more problematic than critics once believed. Beyond asking whether certain themes, forms, or styles are linked primarily to women writers, one can examine how womanhood is defined by a culture. The emerging field of feminist narratology builds on these two areas of inquiry, linking form and social construction and giving its practitioners a new set of terms with which to address how a woman tells a story.

Plotting Women applies these new tools to British novels of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Alison A. Case identifies a convention of "feminine narration" characterized by the exclusion of the female narrator from shaping her experience into a coherent, meaningful, and authoritative story. Instead, a male narrator steps in to shape the narrative either within the text or in a pseudoeditorial frame. Case treats Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa as foundational texts in the establishment of this literary convention and then traces its evolution through detailed readings of novels by Smollett, Scott, Charlotte Brontë, Barrett Browning, Dickens, Collins, and Stoker. In giving feminine narration the status of a convention, Case suggests that deviations from it create a deliberate effect. She focuses primarily on texts in which the convention is challenged, reasserted, or reshaped and in which female narrative authority, or lack thereof, plays a central thematic as well as formal role. These struggles over narrative control often represent larger concerns about female power and agency.

In addition to offering a rich and nuanced account of the contestation over women's narrative authority in and among novels of this period, Plotting Women makes a substantial contribution to feminist criticism and the study of the novel more generally by establishing a model of gendered narration that is not directly tied to the gender of authors.

About the Author:

Alison A. Case is Associate Professor of English at Williams College.

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