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Maternal Voice in Victorian Fiction : Rewriting the Patriarchal Family

By: Thaden, Barbara Z.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Literature and Society in Victorian Britain: Publisher: New York : Taylor and Francis, 2013Description: 1 online resource (170 p.).ISBN: 9780203726846.Subject(s): Domestic fiction, English -- History and criticism | English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Femininity in literature | Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Motherhood in literature | Patriarchy in literature | Sex role in literature | Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Maternal Voice in Victorian Fiction : Rewriting the Patriarchal FamilyDDC classification: 823/.8093520431 LOC classification: PR878.M69.T433 2011ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Front Cover""; ""The Maternal Voice in Victorian Fiction""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""Chapter 1. The Dead Mother""; ""Chapter 2. God the Mother""; ""Chapter 3. The Maternal Circle ""; ""Chapter 4. Der Familienroman der Mutter: Husbands, Wives, Children and Nannies""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Works Cited""; ""Index""
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""Front Cover""; ""The Maternal Voice in Victorian Fiction""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Contents""; ""Preface""; ""Introduction""; ""Chapter 1. The Dead Mother""; ""Chapter 2. God the Mother""; ""Chapter 3. The Maternal Circle ""; ""Chapter 4. Der Familienroman der Mutter: Husbands, Wives, Children and Nannies""; ""Conclusion""; ""Notes""; ""Works Cited""; ""Index""

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Thaden (St. Augustine's College) begins by setting up two opposed versions of motherhood. The first emphasizes the wife/mother's obligations to her husband. Given those obligations, she distances herself from her children, who are taken care of largely by servants. In the second version, the mother is the primary nurturer, care giver, and moral guide for her children. Following Marianne Hirsch's The Mother/Daughter Plot (CH, Apr'90), Thaden points out that the former version was by far predominant in the 19th century. However, she argues that the latter version, dominant in the mid-20th century, gained currency in part because of its representation in novels by Elizabeth Gaskell and Margaret Oliphant, authors who were also mothers. The thesis is neither convincing nor well argued, and the book becomes little more than descriptions of the mother/child relationships depicted in the works of the authors noted, as well as in novels by Caroline Norton and Mrs. Henry Wood, two other author/mothers. Still, the research is thorough so graduate students and researchers in literature or women's studies may take it off the shelf. J. L. Culross Eastern Kentucky University

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