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The Resource Life after death : widows and the English novel, Defoe to Austen, Karen Bloom Gevirtz

Life after death : widows and the English novel, Defoe to Austen, Karen Bloom Gevirtz

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Life after death : widows and the English novel, Defoe to Austen
Title
Life after death
Title remainder
widows and the English novel, Defoe to Austen
Statement of responsibility
Karen Bloom Gevirtz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Life After Death demonstrates that, from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe to Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy to Jane Austen's Emma, authors of the developing novel modified conventions for representing the widow to reflect and shape distinctly eighteenth-century responses to emerging capitalism, and to limit female participation in this new system." "In the first book-length study of the widow in the British novel, Karen Bloom Gevirtz reveals how this seemingly marginal character was in fact central to the period's efforts to establish gender roles within emerging capitalism. Court records of cases involving widows, and the papers of private charities, most of which are examined in print for the first time, contrast with novelistic depictions by showing how criminal and poor widows were treated by their contemporaries. Canonical and non-canonical novels such as Henry Fielding's Tom Jones, Sarah Scott's Sir George Ellison, and Ann Radcliffe's masterpiece The Italian offer evidence of the period's wider economic consciousness by describing not just affluent widows, but also working widows, destitute widows, and criminal widows, populations that earlier authors generally overlooked." "Whether their interests lie with the novel, economics, gender roles, or the century that produced the French Revolution and the Declaration of Independence, ordinary and scholarly readers alike will find Life after Death illuminating and thought-provoking."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
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Gevirtz, Karen Bloom
Dewey number
823/.509352654
Index
index present
LC call number
PR858.W5
LC item number
G48 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Widows in literature
  • Capitalism and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Capitalism in literature
  • Sex role in literature
  • English fiction
  • Defoe, Daniel
  • Austen, Jane
Label
Life after death : widows and the English novel, Defoe to Austen, Karen Bloom Gevirtz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-212) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Fear and property : affluence and the widow -- 3. Diligent and sentimental labor : work and the widow -- 4. Poor, pathetic, and positive : poverty and the widow -- 5. She put mercury into the morning milk : crime and the widow -- 6. A state of alteration, perhaps of improvement : Jane Austen's widows -- Appendix : Charity to widows in eighteenth-century England
Control code
57752369
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9780874139235
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005003462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Life after death : widows and the English novel, Defoe to Austen, Karen Bloom Gevirtz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-212) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Introduction -- 2. Fear and property : affluence and the widow -- 3. Diligent and sentimental labor : work and the widow -- 4. Poor, pathetic, and positive : poverty and the widow -- 5. She put mercury into the morning milk : crime and the widow -- 6. A state of alteration, perhaps of improvement : Jane Austen's widows -- Appendix : Charity to widows in eighteenth-century England
Control code
57752369
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9780874139235
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005003462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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