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The Resource Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett

Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett

Label
Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
Title
Family likeness
Title remainder
sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf
Statement of responsibility
Mary Jean Corbett
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In nineteenth-century England, marriage between first cousins was both legally permitted and perfectly acceptable. After mid-century, laws did not explicitly penalize sexual relationships between parents and children, between siblings, or between grandparents and grandchildren. But for a widower to marry his deceased wife's sister was illegal on the grounds that it constituted incest. That these laws and the mores they reflect strike us today as wrongheaded indicates how much ideas about kinship, marriage, and incest have changed. In Family Likeness, Mary Jean Corbett shows how the domestic fiction of novelists including Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Virginia Woolf reflected the shifting boundaries of "family" and even helped refine those borders. Corbett takes up historically contingent and culturally variable notions of who is and is not a relative and whom one can and cannot marry. Her argument is informed by legal and political debates; texts in sociology and anthropology; and discussions on the biology of heredity, breeding, and eugenics. In Corbett's view, marriage within families-between cousins, in-laws, or adoptees-offered Victorian women, both real and fictional, an attractive alternative to romance with a stranger, not least because it allowed them to maintain and strengthen relations with other women within the family. - Publisher's description
Cataloging source
NIC/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Corbett, Mary Jean
Dewey number
823/.809
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.F29
LC item number
C67 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Families in literature
  • Sex in literature
  • Marriage in literature
  • Incest in literature
  • English fiction
  • Austen, Jane
  • Brontë, Charlotte
  • Woolf, Virginia
Label
Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-257) 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
Contents
Making and breaking the rules : an introduction -- "Cousins in love, &c." in Jane Austen -- Husband, wife, and sister : making and unmaking the early Victorian family -- Orphan stories : adoption and affinity in Charlotte Brontë -- Intercrossing, interbreeding, and The mill on the Floss -- Fictive kinship and natural affinities in Wives and daughters -- Virginia Woolf and Victorian "incests"
Control code
227205789
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 264 pages
Isbn
9780801447075
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008019568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)227205789
Label
Family likeness : sex, marriage, and incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf, Mary Jean Corbett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-257) 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
Contents
Making and breaking the rules : an introduction -- "Cousins in love, &c." in Jane Austen -- Husband, wife, and sister : making and unmaking the early Victorian family -- Orphan stories : adoption and affinity in Charlotte Brontë -- Intercrossing, interbreeding, and The mill on the Floss -- Fictive kinship and natural affinities in Wives and daughters -- Virginia Woolf and Victorian "incests"
Control code
227205789
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiv, 264 pages
Isbn
9780801447075
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008019568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)227205789

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