The Resource Representing femininity : middle-class subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian women's autobiographies, Mary Jean Corbett

Representing femininity : middle-class subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian women's autobiographies, Mary Jean Corbett

Label
Representing femininity : middle-class subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian women's autobiographies
Title
Representing femininity
Title remainder
middle-class subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian women's autobiographies
Statement of responsibility
Mary Jean Corbett
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Corbett's study explores the relationship between women's experience and the social institutions and cultural forms in which that experience is publicly represented. Challenging the assumption that middle-class Victorian and Edwardian women were confined solely to domesticity, Corbett examines the rhetorical strategies of self-representation by women who participated in public life. She argues that those strategies enabled such women writers as Harriet Martineau, Mary Howitt, and Anne Thackeray Ritchie to create an autobiographical and cultural paradigm privileging private life over public life, effectively redrawing the boundaries between those ostensibly separate spheres. Considering works by autobiographers of the suffrage movement, Corbett shows how feminist activists used their texts to critique the dominant model of bourgeois individualism in both political and autobiographical terms. In addition to a wealth of autobiographical texts, Corbett utilizes "non-literary" texts to illustrate how actresses accommodated their self-representations to the requirements of the professionalizing Victorian theatre. By drawing upon a diverse range of sources, Corbett broadens the scope of material available for analysis, seeking to engage questions of gender, class, and subjectivity not only in a strictly literary context, but also in a wider cultural and historical field. In this way she opens to view a broad range of self-representations by women that have been unduly slighted in feminist historical, cultural, and literary analysis
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Corbett, Mary Jean
Index
index present
LC call number
PR788.W65
LC item number
C6 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English prose literature
  • Women authors, English
  • English prose literature
  • Women
  • Women and literature
  • Women
  • Femininity in literature
  • Middle class in literature
  • Autobiography
  • Subjectivity in literature
  • Women authors, English
  • Frau
  • Autobiographie
  • Frauenliteratur
  • Autobiographische Literatur
  • Gesellschaftskritik
  • Subjektivität
  • Schriftstellerin
  • Großbritannien
  • Englisch
Label
Representing femininity : middle-class subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian women's autobiographies, Mary Jean Corbett
Link
https://archive.org/details/representingfemi00corb
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-232) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 240 pages
Isbn
9780195068580
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91017499
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)23651517
  • (OCoLC)ocm23651517
Label
Representing femininity : middle-class subjectivity in Victorian and Edwardian women's autobiographies, Mary Jean Corbett
Link
https://archive.org/details/representingfemi00corb
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-232) 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
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
vi, 240 pages
Isbn
9780195068580
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
91017499
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)23651517
  • (OCoLC)ocm23651517

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