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Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Martha C. Nussbaum and Alison L. LaCroix (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book focuses on issues of gender in the British novel of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly Hardy and Trollope. Approaching the topic from a variety of backgrounds, the ... More


Introduction

Alison L. LaCroix and Martha C. Nussbaum

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This book offers a collection of chapters on gender, law, and the British novel, written by some of the leading figures in the law-and-literature movement, as well as by some legal leading lights who ... More


Jude the Obscure: The Irrelevance of Marriage Law

Amanda Claybaugh

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the role of divorce as an option in unhappy marriages, in a reading of another tragic novel by Thomas Hardy. Divorce law was substantially reformed during the mid-nineteenth ... More


Misfit Forms: Paths Not Taken by the British Novel

Lorri G. Nandrea

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823263431
eISBN:
9780823266623
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263431.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Misfit Forms re-interprets a series of choices that shaped the development of the British novel. Histories of the novel often situate the early nineteenth century as a culminating moment in the ... More


Defoe's Formal Laws

Bernadette Meyler

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Taking the example of Moll Flanders and Roxana in the novels of the same names, this chapter contends that their agency does not simply derive from character, considered outside of the novelistic ... More


Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Melissa Sodeman

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Sentimental Memorials explores how popular women writers used the art form of the novel to record their changing relations to literary history. At the end of the eighteenth century, as sentimental ... More


Introduction

Melissa Sodeman

in Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Opening with a brief discussion of Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins’s The Victim of Fancy (1786), the introduction argues that women’s sentimental novels register the strain produced by the disciplinary ... More


The Global British Novel

Wil Verhoeven

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 2: English and British Fiction 1750-1820

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199574803
eISBN:
9780191869747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199574803.003.0031
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter focuses on the global British novel. While the novel as such has its roots in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century romance, the British novel owes its emergence and subsequent rise to ... More


Jane Austen: Comedy and Social Structure

Richard A. Posner

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses Austen's subtle observations about social structure and its influence on conceptions of marriage and of women's prospects and possibilities. It argues that Austen's novels ... More


The Moral and Legal Consequences of Wife Selling in The Mayor of Casterbridge

Julie C. Suk

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge opens with a famous episode in which a poor hay trusser, Michael Henchard, sells his wife, Susan, by impulsively putting her up for auction in a public ... More


Nationality

Matthew L. Jockers

in Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037528
eISBN:
9780252094767
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037528.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter explores the potential influences or entailments of nationality on authorial style. Nations have distinct linguistic habits of style. For example, the British have the propensity to drop ... More


Primogeniture, Legal Change, and Trollope

Saul Levmore

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter studies primogeniture and its impact, a preoccupation of novels of the time. It argues that novelists of the period were not social reformers with strong convictions about inheritance ... More


International Influences

Margaret Cohen

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 3: The Nineteenth-Century Novel 1820-1880

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199560615
eISBN:
9780191803499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199560615.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the impact of foreign authors on the British novel from 1820 to 1880. It explores how British novelists in these years integrated foreign narrative poetics. Major British ... More


Reading and Remembering Ann Radcliffe

Melissa Sodeman

in Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Ann Radcliffe’s fiction taps into the historical consciousness opened up by Sophia Lee to depict, in a different way, the problems of historical recovery. Radcliffe’s scenes of reading emphasize what ... More


Charlotte Smith’s Literary Exile

Melissa Sodeman

in Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter traces how the literary transformations of the later eighteenth century shaped how Charlotte Smith imagined her way into authorship. Alienated from established literary coteries and ... More


Mary Robinson and the Wreath of Fame

Melissa Sodeman

in Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter explores Mary Robinson’s attempt to simultaneously capitalize on her notoriety to sell books and to triumph over her damaged reputation. Infamous in the 1780s for her highly public ... More


Sophia Lee’s Historical Sensibility

Melissa Sodeman

in Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Sophia Lee’s popular novel The Recess (1783-5) marks the emergence of a new historical consciousness in the sentimental novel and raises serious questions about the limits of historical knowledge. ... More


The History of Obscenity, the British Novel, and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Novels of the eighteenth century often treat sexuality in highly explicit terms, by the standards even of our own time, and certainly by Victorian standards. This chapter addresses the topic of ... More


A Comeuppance Theory of Narrative and the Emotions

Blakey Vermeule

in Subversion and Sympathy: Gender, Law, and the British Novel

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199812042
eISBN:
9780199315888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812042.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter examines the ways in which ideas of punishment and retribution—often involving the defeat of a rebellious woman—are woven into the plot structure of many nineteenth-century novels. ... More


Epilogue

Melissa Sodeman

in Sentimental Memorials: Women and the Novel in Literary History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791328
eISBN:
9780804792790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791328.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

The epilogue explores links between Sense and Sensibility (1811), Jane Austen’s first published novel, and earlier sentimental novels. Though Austen pursued different aesthetic choices than many of ... More


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