The Resource Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity, Marilyn Francus

Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity, Marilyn Francus

Label
Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity
Title
Monstrous motherhood
Title remainder
eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity
Statement of responsibility
Marilyn Francus
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Although credited with the rise of domesticity, eighteenth-century British culture singularly lacked narratives of good mothers, ostensibly the most domestic of females. With startling frequency, the best mother was absent, disembodied, voiceless, or dead. British culture told tales almost exclusively of wicked, surrogate, or spectral mothers - revealing the defects of domestic ideology, the cultural fascination with standards and deviance, and the desire to police maternal behaviors. Monstrous Motherhood analyzes eighteenth-century motherhood in light of the inconsistencies among domestic ideology, narrative, and historical practice. If domesticity was so important, why is the good mother's story absent or peripheral? What do the available maternal narratives suggest about domestic ideology and the expectations and enactment of motherhood? By focusing on literary and historical mothers in novels, plays, poems, diaries, conduct manuals, contemporary court cases, realist fiction, fairy tales, satire, and romance, Marilyn Francus reclaims silenced maternal voices and perspectives. She exposes the mechanisms of maternal marginalization and spectralization in eighteenth-century culture and revises the domesticity thesis. Monstrous Motherhood will compel scholars in eighteenth-century studies, women's studies, family history, and cultural studies to reevaluate a foundational assumption that has driven much of the discourse in their fields."--Publisher's description
Cataloging source
CNTAB
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Francus, Marilyn
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.M66
LC item number
F73 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English literature
  • Mothers in literature
  • Mother and child in literature
  • Motherhood
  • English literature
  • Intellectual life
  • Mother and child in literature
  • Motherhood
  • Mothers in literature
  • England
  • England
  • Great Britain
Label
Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity, Marilyn Francus
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Mothers of the apocalypse: maternal allegory and myth in Swift and Pope -- All too human: maternal monstrosity and Hester Thrale -- Suffer the little children? the infanticidal mother in literature -- Until proven innocent: infanticide in the public record and in court -- Be monstrous or be marginal: stepmothers in literature -- Pin the tale on the stepmother: Elizabeth Allen and the Burneys -- But she's not there: the rise of the spectral mother
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 297 p.
Isbn
9781421407371
System control number
  • (OCoLC)855235869
  • (OCoLC)ocn855235869
Label
Monstrous motherhood : eighteenth-century culture and the ideology of domesticity, Marilyn Francus
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Mothers of the apocalypse: maternal allegory and myth in Swift and Pope -- All too human: maternal monstrosity and Hester Thrale -- Suffer the little children? the infanticidal mother in literature -- Until proven innocent: infanticide in the public record and in court -- Be monstrous or be marginal: stepmothers in literature -- Pin the tale on the stepmother: Elizabeth Allen and the Burneys -- But she's not there: the rise of the spectral mother
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 297 p.
Isbn
9781421407371
System control number
  • (OCoLC)855235869
  • (OCoLC)ocn855235869

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