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The Resource Curious subjects : women and the trials of realism, Hilary M. Schor

Curious subjects : women and the trials of realism, Hilary M. Schor

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Curious subjects : women and the trials of realism
Title
Curious subjects
Title remainder
women and the trials of realism
Statement of responsibility
Hilary M. Schor
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "While nineteenth-century literary scholars have long been interested in women's agency in the context of their legal status as objects, Curious Subjects makes the striking and original argument that what we find at the intersection between women subjects (who choose and enter into contracts) and women objects (owned and defined by fathers, husbands, and the law) is curiosity. Women protagonists in the novel are always both curiosities: strange objects worthy of our interest and actors who are themselves actively curious--relentless askers of questions, even (and perhaps especially) when they are commanded to be content and passive. What kinds of curiosity are possible and desirable, and what different kinds of knowledge do they yield? What sort of subject asks questions, seeks, chooses? Can a curious woman turn her curiosity on herself? Curious Subjects takes seriously the persuasive force of the novel as a form that intervenes in our sense of what women want to know and how they can and should choose to act on that knowledge. And it shows an astonishingly wide and subtly various range of answers to these questions in the British novel, which far from simply punishing women for their curiosity, theorized it, shaped it, and reworked it to give us characters as different as Alice in Wonderland and Dorothea Brooke, Clarissa Harlowe and Louisa Gradgrind. Schor's study provides thought-provoking new readings of the most canonical novels of the nineteenth century--Hard Times, Bleak House, Vanity Fair, Daniel Deronda, among others--and pushes well beyond commonplace historicist accounts of British culture in the period as a monolithic ideological formation. It will interest scholars of law and literature, narratology, and feminist theory as well as literary history more generally"--
  • "Curious Subjects makes the striking and original argument that what we find at the intersection between women subjects (who choose and enter into contracts) and women objects (owned and defined by fathers, husbands, and the law) is curiosity. Women protagonists in the novel are always both curiosities: strange objects worthy of our interest and actors who are themselves actively curious-relentless askers of questions, even (and perhaps especially) when they are commanded to be content and passive. Schor's study pushes beyond commonplace historicist accounts of British culture in the period as a monolithic ideological formation"--
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Schor, Hilary Margo
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.W6
LC item number
S36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English fiction
  • Women in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Women
Label
Curious subjects : women and the trials of realism, Hilary M. Schor
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-266) and index
Contents
Introduction: The Curious Princess, the Novel and the Law -- Part One. Forming the Novel: 1. The Making of the Curious Heroine: Enlightenment, Contract and the Novel; 2. Reading for the Test, Trying the Heroine: The Curiosity Defense; 3. Alice and the Curious Room -- Part Two. Crossing the Threshold: 4. Was She Guilty or Not?: The Curious Heroine meets the wicked novelist; 5. Bleak House and The Curious Secrets: "Who Copied That"; 6. The Bluebeard of the Classroom: Bad Marriages, General Laws, and the Daughter's Curiosity; 7. George Eliot and the Curious Bride: Ghosts in the Daylight -- Conclusion: The Clockwork Princess, or, Justice for the Dolls
Control code
ocn802324839
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 271 p.
Isbn
9780199928095
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012034350
System control number
(OCoLC)802324839
Label
Curious subjects : women and the trials of realism, Hilary M. Schor
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-266) and index
Contents
Introduction: The Curious Princess, the Novel and the Law -- Part One. Forming the Novel: 1. The Making of the Curious Heroine: Enlightenment, Contract and the Novel; 2. Reading for the Test, Trying the Heroine: The Curiosity Defense; 3. Alice and the Curious Room -- Part Two. Crossing the Threshold: 4. Was She Guilty or Not?: The Curious Heroine meets the wicked novelist; 5. Bleak House and The Curious Secrets: "Who Copied That"; 6. The Bluebeard of the Classroom: Bad Marriages, General Laws, and the Daughter's Curiosity; 7. George Eliot and the Curious Bride: Ghosts in the Daylight -- Conclusion: The Clockwork Princess, or, Justice for the Dolls
Control code
ocn802324839
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 271 p.
Isbn
9780199928095
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2012034350
System control number
(OCoLC)802324839

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