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Frail Vessels: woman's Role in Women's Novels from Franny Burney to George eliot

Mews, Hazel

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ISBN 10: 0485111055 / ISBN 13: 9780485111057
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Title: Frail Vessels: woman's Role in Women's ...

Publisher: Athlone Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good


1969. Hardcover. 209pp. First edition. Good copy with bright text. Cloth with minor signs of wear and bumps. Dust jacket slightly worn and torn. Keywords: "Critical study, Literature". First edition copy. . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # KHS0079365

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The years between the publication of Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) and of John Stuart Mill's essay On the Subjection of Women (1869) ? a crucial phase in the emancipation movement ? also saw the emergence of England's greatest women writers, whose response to the flux of new ideas as revealed in many outstanding works of fiction Dr Mews here examines. The central chapters of the book take the form of a perceptive and humane analysis of the way in which the greater women novelists conceived the role of women, on the one hand as young girls, wives and mothers, on the other as individuals standing alone in spinsterhood, as teachers or artists. The writers examined in detail are Fanny Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, the Brontė sisters, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot.

Such a comprehensive study has not been attempted before. It throws light not only on the novel and the novelist in society but also on the transmutation of deeply felt experience into creative work.

Book Description: This Bloomsbury Academic Collection consists of a wide-range of classic research studies in Literary Criticism.

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