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Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Jennifer Camden
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-01 - Publisher: Routledge

Taking up works by Samuel Richardson, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, and Catharine Maria Sedgwick, among others, Jennifer B. Camden examines the role of female characters who, while embodying the qualities associated with heroines, fail to achieve this status in the story. These "secondary heroines," often the friend or sister of the primary heroine, typically disappear from the action of the novel as the courtship plot progresses, only to return near the conclusion of the action with renewed demands on the reader's attention. Accounting for this persistent pattern, Camden suggests, reveals the cultural work performed by these unusual figures in the early history of the novel. Because she is often a far more vivid character than the heroine of the marriage plot, the secondary heroine inevitably engages the reader's interest in her plight. That the narrative apparently seeks to suppress her creates tension and points to the secondary heroine as a site of contested identity who represents an ideology of womanhood and nationhood at odds with the national ideals represented by the primary heroine, whom the reader is asked to embrace. In showing how the anxiety produced by these ideals is displaced onto the secondary heroine, Camden's study represents an important intervention into the ways in which early novels use character to further ideologies of race, class, sex, and gender.
Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels
Language: en
Pages: 190
Authors: Jennifer Camden
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-01 - Publisher: Routledge

Taking up works by Samuel Richardson, James Fenimore Cooper, Sir Walter Scott, and Catharine Maria Sedgwick, among others, Jennifer B. Camden examines the role of female characters who, while embodying the qualities associated with heroines, fail to achieve this status in the story. These "secondary heroines," often the friend or sister of the primary heroine, typically disappear from the action of the novel as the courtship plot progresses, only to return near the conclusion of the action with renewed demands on the reader's attention. Accounting for this persistent pattern, Camden suggests, reveals the cultural work performed by these unusual figures in the early history of the novel. Because she is often a far more vivid character than the heroine of the marriage plot, the secondary heroine inevitably engages the reader's interest in her plight. That the narrative apparently seeks to suppress her creates tension and points to the secondary heroine as a site of contested identity who represents an ideology of womanhood and nationhood at odds with the national ideals represented by the primary heroine, whom the reader is asked to embrace. In showing how the anxiety produced by these ideals is displaced onto the secondary heroine, Camden's study represents an important intervention into the ways in which early novels use character to further ideologies of race, class, sex, and gender.
Problematic Identities in Women's Fiction of the Sri Lankan Diaspora
Language: en
Pages: 244
Authors: Alexandra Watkins
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-06-01 - Publisher: BRILL

Watkins’ Problematic Identities examines nine novels by women writers of the Sri Lankan diaspora. Her study reveals identity in this fiction as notably gendered and expressed through resonant images of mourning, melancholia, and other forms of psychic disturbance.
The Other Woman
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jennifer Bonnie Camden
Categories: Heroines in literature
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005 - Publisher:

Abstract: In a recurrent pattern in the nineteenth-century novel, authors introduce two female characters, only to focus on one and appear to forget the other. My dissertation examines this other woman: the "secondary heroine." The protagonists of Romantic novels are written to embody stable national identities, suggesting a transatlantic history of the Romantic novel in which both British and American authors equate the primary heroine with a cultural ideal of femininity. Yet both traditions challenge that cultural ideal through the figure of the secondary heroine. My dissertation demonstrates how authors initially deployed the "other woman" to suppress alternative images of womanhood and nationhood, but eventually embraced the secondary heroine as the centerpiece of the Realist novel. In the first three chapters, I pair British and American novels and examine the secondary heroine as a challenge to generic and nationalist constraints. I divide the Romantic novel into three separate subgenres: the epistolary novel, as exemplified by Samuel Richardson's Clarissa (1747-8) and Hannah Webster Foster's The Coquette (1797); the Gothic and its inheritors in the cult of sensibility, represented by Ann Radcliffe's A Sicilian Romance (1790), Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1811), and James Fenimore Cooper's The Pioneers (1823); and the historical romance in Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe (1820) and Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie (1827). By pairing British and American texts of similar genres, I underscore the secondary heroine as a site of difference who reveals anxieties over unstable national identities. The Realist novel reversed the roles of "primary" and "secondary" heroines, preferring dangerous women to conventional heroines. My fourth chapter traces the role of the secondary heroine in theories of Realism. I argue that the Realist novel works to contain dangerous women through two narrative strategies: acculturation and resistance. My final chapter turns to the heroines of Henry James's The Golden Bowl (1904). Situated at the cusp of Realism and Modernism, James's novel provides a fitting endpoint for my study: the construction of national identity via multiple marriage plots anticipates the fragmentation of identity and multiple narrators that characterize the modernist novel, erasing the distinction between primary and secondary heroines.
“ENLIGHTENED” ATTITUDES TOWARDS OTHERNESS: TOLERANCE AND RATIONALITY IN SIR WALTER SCOTT’S NOVELS
Language: en
Pages: 402
Authors: CRISTIAN ȘTEFAN VÎJEA
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-01-01 - Publisher: Editura Universității din București - Bucharest University Press

Studiul aduce o lumină nouă asupra operei lui Walter Scott, arătând relevanța ei în contextul contemporan. Combinând într-o abordare neo-formalistă teoriile lui Hayden White, Bogdan Ștefănescu și Mikhail Bakhtin, volumul de față demonstrează modul în care alteritatea, în ficțiunea lui Scott, aduce remediile necesare societății, dacă societatea permite existența alterității alături de ea, fără încercarea de a-i șterge diferențele. Importante sunt momentele de suspendare temporară a codurilor culturale, în stilul conservator al parodiei lui Bakhtin, permițând astfel o supapă de evacuare a tensiunilor sociale. Dincolo de jargonul tehnic, cartea pune în fața cititorului pasajele cele mai distractive din opera vastă a lui Scott, precum și un studiu interesant al iluminismului scoțian și al sferei publice care a reușit să încorporeze feedback-ul culturii populare, ajungând la început de secol XIX să exporte modelul său de succes în întreaga lume.
Madam Britannia
Language: en
Pages: 371
Authors: Emma Major
Categories: Art
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Using Britannia as a central figure, this book explores the neglected relationship between women, church, and nation. It argues that Britannia became established as an emblem of nation from 1688 and gained in importance over the following century. It draws on an exciting range of material to explore the extent and significance of women's involvement in debates about the new British nation and the Church of England. Discussing a wide range of printed sources,including letters, poetry, novels, plays, journals, sermons, devotional literature, political tracts, and travel writing, it also uses manuscript sources and frontspieces, paintings, drawings, and graphicsatire to bring to life debates about identity, faith, and nation. Writers discussed include Elizabeth Burnet, Elizabeth Carter, Catherine Talbot, Samuel Richardson, Thomas Amory, Samuel Foote, Elizabeth Montagu, Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Hannah More, along with images by William Hogarth, John Flaxman, Francis Hayman, James Gillray, and the Cruikshanks.
The Fiction of Robin Jenkins
Language: en
Pages: 274
Authors: Emma Major
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-04-03 - Publisher: BRILL

...... is the first ever study of Jenkins, described by Andrew Marr as ‘the best-kept secret in British literature’. It includes essays examining Jenkins’s entire corpus by an established number of experts.
Picturing Scotland through the Waverley Novels
Language: en
Pages: 236
Authors: Dr Richard J Hill
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-28 - Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Innovative and accessibly written, Picturing Scotland examines the genesis and production of the first author-approved illustrations for Sir Walter' Scott's Waverley novels in Scotland. Consulting numerous neglected primary sources, Richard J. Hill demonstrates that Scott, usually seen as disinterested in the mechanics of publishing, actually was at the forefront of one of the most innovative publishing and printing trends, the illustrated novel. Hill examines the historical precedents, influences, and innovations behind the creation of the illustrated editions, tracking Scott's personal interaction with the mechanics of the printing and illustration process, as well as Scott's opinions on visual representations of literary scenes. Of particular interest is Scott's relationships with William Allan and Alexander Nasmyth, two important early nineteenth-century Scottish artists. As the first illustrators of the Waverley novels, their work provided a template for one of the more lucrative publishing phenomena. Informed by meticulous close readings of Scott's novels and augmented by a bibliographic catalogue of illustrations, Picturing Scotland is an important contribution to Scott studies, the development of the illustrated novel, and publishing history.
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