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Author McKnight, Natalie.

Title Suffering mothers in mid-Victorian novels / by Natalie J. McKnight
Edition First edition
Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 1997


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Description xi, 162 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction to Suffering Mothers -- Ch. 2. Mothering Theory and Miserable or Missing Mothers in Victorian Novels -- Ch. 3. Making Mother Suffer, and Other Fun in Dickens -- Ch. 4. Charlotte Bronte: Moving from Mother to Mother -- Ch. 5. Thackeray's Oxymoronic Mothers -- Ch. 6. Escaping Mother/Motherhood in George Eliot -- Ch. 7. Conclusion
Summary In her thorough exploration of these novels, McKnight reveals the influences and the natures of characters who function more centrally in mid-Victorian fiction than has often been supposed
During the Victorian Era, women who became mothers faced unprecedented, unrealistic, and contradictory expectations from mainstream society. These expectations were expressed through a wide range of media including maternal guidebooks, popular periodicals, and Queen Victoria's maternal image. In Suffering Mothers in Mid-Victorian Novels, Natalie McKnight analyzes the influence of such cultural pressures on the fictional portrayals of mothers in mid-Victorian novels. Using a new historical and psychoanalytic approach, McKnight examines the climate created by a society that idolized mothers in theory but in reality positioned them to fail. The novels of Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Thackeray, and George Eliot are studied for their inclusion of mother characters who vary from the ambivalent to the monstrous, the angelic to the absent
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [145]-151) and index
Subject English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Mother and child in literature.
Motherhood in literature.
Mothers in literature.
Suffering in literature.
Women and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
LC no. 96034454
ISBN 0312122950