Life After Death: Widows and the English Novel, Defoe to Austen

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University of Delaware Press, 2005 - 218 страница
Life After Death shows how representations of the widow in theeighteenth-century novel express attitudes toward emerging capitalismand women's participation in it. Authors responded to the century'sinstability by using widows, who had the right to act economically andself-interestedly, to teach women that virtue meant foregoing theopportunities that the changing economy offered. Novelists thus helpedto create expectations for women that linger today, and established thenovel as a cultural arbiter. The first study of widows in the developingnovel, Life After Death also takes the next step in merging genre, gender, and economic criticism

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Introduction
13
Fear and Property Affluence and the Widow
26
Diligent and Sentimental Labor Work and the Widow
66
Poor Pathetic and Positive Poverty and the Widow
95
She Put Mercury into the Morning Milk Crime and the Widow
116
A State of Alteration Perhaps of Improvement Jane Austens Widows
137
Charity to Widows in EighteenthCentury England
169
Notes
177
Bibliography
201
Index
213
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Страница 116 - Parting with him! Why, that is the whole Scheme and Intention of all Marriage Articles. The comfortable Estate of Widow-hood, is the only hope that keeps up a Wife's Spirits.
Страница 165 - Captain Wentworth had no fortune. He had been lucky in his profession, but spending freely, what had come freely, had realized nothing. But, he was confident that he should soon be rich; - full of life and ardour, he knew that he should soon have a ship, and soon be on a station that would lead to every thing he wanted. He had always been lucky; he knew he should be so still.
Страница 165 - Anne Elliot, with all her claims of birth, beauty, and mind, to throw herself away at nineteen ; involve herself at nineteen in an engagement with a young man, who had nothing but himself to recommend him, and no hopes of attaining affluence, but in the chances of a most uncertain profession, and no connexions to secure even his farther rise in that profession, would be, indeed, a throwing away, which she grieved to think of!
Страница 165 - ... he wanted. He had always been lucky; he knew he should be so still. Such confidence, powerful in its own warmth, and bewitching in the wit which often expressed it, must have been enough for Anne ; but Lady Russell saw it very differently. His sanguine temper, and fearlessness of mind, operated very differently on her. She saw in it but an aggravation of the evil. It only added a dangerous character to himself.
Страница 199 - Oh, my dear! human flesh! You quite shock me; if you mean a fling at the slave-trade, I assure you Mr. Suckling was always rather a friend to the abolition.
Страница 199 - I did not mean, I was not thinking of the slave-trade,' replied Jane; 'governess-trade, I assure you, was all that I had in view; widely different certainly as to the guilt of those who carry it on; but as to the greater misery of the victims, I do not know where it lies.

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Karen Bloom Gevirtz teaches at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey.

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